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: 7909856
    Abstract: A method of securing a spinal rod to a spine includes providing a head portion having a channel extending therethrough for receiving a spinal rod, the channel and the head portion being bounded by a first side wall and a second side wall. The method includes providing a bone fastener depending from the head portion, arranging the spinal rod in the channel of the head portion, and providing a locking cap having first and second portions that are rotatable relative to one another, the second portion of the locking cap having an underside with a recess. The method includes assembling the locking cap with the head portion so that the first portion is between the first and second side walls and so that the recess of the second portion of the locking cap is in contact with the spinal rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, David Nichols, Eric Finley
  • Publication number: 20110054198
    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: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    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: 20110055823
    Abstract: Implementations are described of a computing device that migrates data and software applications from a first computing device to a second computing device, in order to preserve data and other application-related customizations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Nichols, Navjot Virk, Samuel J. McKelvie, Mathew J. Dickson
  • Publication number: 20110029586
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for identifying and stashing all or portions of application data to a network accessible storage device or location. Identifying and stashing are accomplished in a fashion that is transparent to a user such that a user is not burdened by the process of managing and stashing a full or partial set of application data. The system, the application, or a combination of system components and the application persist and manage data locally and stash portions of the local data to one or more network accessible storage devices or locations. One or more links are provided in place of the stashed portions of data. The application uses the links in a same or similar fashion as handling local data while providing little to no loss of functionality due to all or portions of the local data being stashed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Nichols, Catherine C. Marshall, John D. Mehr, Elissa E.S. Murphy
  • Publication number: 20110015415
    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: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    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: 20100332549
    Abstract: The subject disclosure provides a system and/or a method that facilitates generation files from base information in accordance with recipes. In one aspect, recipes can be employed in distributed storage environments such as network-based backup architectures to conserve storage resources. A build component can generate a portion of data from base information based upon a recipe. In addition, an evaluation component can analyze the recipe to identify modifications to the recipe that improve efficiency of generation by the build component or customize the generated portion of data to a particular application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David A. Nichols, Catherine Claire Marshall
  • Publication number: 20100318837
    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: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Elissa E.S. Murphy, David A. Nichols, John D. Mehr
  • Patent number: 7834250
    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 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    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: 20100280617
    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: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Synthes USA, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Coppes, Jeffrey Walker, David Nichols, Curtis Compton, Vincent Mandes
  • Patent number: 7819901
    Abstract: A device for securing a spinal rod to a spine includes a head adapted to secure the spinal rod, and a locking cap adapted to engage the head and the spinal rod, the locking cap having an unlocked position, an intermediate position, and a locked position. A method of securing the spinal rod to the device includes aligning the spinal rod to a desired position relative to the spine with the locking cap in the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, David Nichols, Eric Finley
  • Patent number: 7822738
    Abstract: Architecture that provides real-time opportunistic access to data that is relevant and/or related user activities. Ways are disclosed to use information of a single workspace to structure automatic searches into a number of data stores in order to opportunistically extract relevant information therefrom. An email client can use workspace content to train a filter for identifying new messages deemed relevant or related to the content and topics of the workspace, a system can be provided to use the content of a single web site as contextual data for providing auto-generated links to other sites within the corporate enterprise, a collaborative application can natively understand the content being shared and then look for specific terms in the content which can be employed for generating a search query and returning relevant and/or related data, and combinations thereof are provided for automatically generating and searching data stores for relevant and related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Hans Andersen, Brian Meek, David Nichols
  • Publication number: 20100268280
    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: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, David Nichols, Eric Finley
  • Patent number: 7807849
    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 poly unsaturated fatty acids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    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: 7792788
    Abstract: A collaborative editing system defines operational transforms for transforming conflicting operations on styles of the text of the document. The operational transforms ensure that local copies of the document will be consistent when it is in a quiescent state. The operational transforms are defined so that most conflicts can be resolved based on analysis of a remote operation and a local operation only. Certain conflicts, however, cannot be resolved based solely on analysis of the local and remote operations themselves. Such a conflict is referred to as a “definite conflict.” The collaborative editing system resolves definite conflicts by designating one of the computer systems as a distinguished computer system and giving priority to its operation. When a definite conflict arises, then the local computer system and the remote computer system recognize the conflict and resolve the conflict in favor of the operation of the distinguished computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Melmon, David A. Nichols
  • Patent number: 7780703
    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: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, David Nichols, Eric Finley
  • Patent number: 7779079
    Abstract: Processes and techniques for reducing spam over instant messaging (SPIM) are described. In one implementation, the number of open instant messaging threads (“chat threads”) that a specific user can have at a given time is limited to prevent a potential spimmer from flooding instant messaging users with SPIM. Another implementation combines the technique of limiting the number of open instant messaging threads with a user feedback technique that enables users to inform an instant messaging service or other entity about users that are sending SPIM or other undesirable content. Another implementation combines the technique of limiting the number of open instant messaging threads with a text analysis technique that enables an instant messaging service or other entity to analyze text generated by a user to determine if the user is sending SPIM or other undesirable content to other instant messaging users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David A Nichols, Chris G. Parker, Ben D Garrison, Per-Ola A Orvendal, Wendy L Lehman
  • Patent number: 7676806
    Abstract: Techniques for deploying, maintaining and configuring complex hardware and software systems are provided. An abstract configuration of the system describes the system's desired state. Each component of the system declares the general form of the resources it requires and an abstract representation of the versions of the services it both requires and provides. A configuration process uses the abstract configuration of the system and the descriptions of each of the components in the system to validate that the system can operate effectively, ensures that each component is in the correct state and at the right version, and generates the necessary interconnections for the application components to interoperate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Pavel Curtis, Robert Schumaker, David A. Nichols, Eshwar Somashekar, Guo-Wei Shieh, Puja Gomber, Adil Faisal
  • Patent number: 7661438
    Abstract: An improved fill valve has a pivot valve body that is pivotally suspended immediately below a float housing and is movable between two positions. In a first position, the pivot valve body blocks the flow of water from the float housing. In a second position, the pivot body allows the flow of water from the float housing. The pivot valve body has two top compartments, each separated from the other by a wall. The first compartment retains an amount of water in it. The second compartment functions as a water flow restriction apparatus and includes an upwardly-extending member for sealing off a check valve that is disposed within the bottom of the float housing. The fill valve also includes structural elements that allow the water to trickle into the float housing at a very slow rate. The fill valve can be re-set for normal toilet tank operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventors: David Nichols-Roy, Dennis D. Woods, Alberto C. Torres
  • Patent number: 7636958
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved top mounted toilet flush valve and a method for installing the flush valve that can be readily adapted to the tank profile of a wide variety of gravity operated flush toilets. More specifically, in accordance with the objectives of the present invention, there is provided a flush valve having an overflow tube that is adjustable in height and a method for adjusting the overflow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Lavelle Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David Nichols-Roy, Alberto C. Torres
  • Publication number: 20090318974
    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: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: STRYKER SPINE
    Inventors: Hansen Yuan, David Nichols, Eric Finley