Patents by Inventor David Wilkes

David Wilkes 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: 11015158
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and compositions for fining fermentable beverages, such as alcoholic fermentable beverages, for example, wine, beer, lager, ale, cider, perry, spirit and liqueur. The compositions herein comprise a pectin and carrageenan which are used to treat the beverage prior to fermentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: DANSTAR FERMENT AG
    Inventors: David W. Duan, Peter J. Rogers, Eric Wilkes
  • Patent number: 10910019
    Abstract: Data storage device mounting systems to provide alignment and mounting of data storage devices are provided herein. A carrier is configured to couple to a data storage device and hang the data storage device in a vertical orientation in a data storage assembly from retractable mounting pins coupled to the carrier. The carrier also includes retractable alignment features to guide the data storage device and carrier into the mounting system. Finger grips are coupled to retractable alignment features and mounting pins and configured to extend retractable alignment features beyond the carrier concurrent with retracting the mounting pins when actuated by a user squeezing the finger grips. The finger grips are configured to extend the mounting pins when de-actuated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David William Niss, Jeffrey David Wilke
  • Publication number: 20200413560
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology generally relate to systems and methods for storing datacenter equipment. More specifically, some embodiments relate to a datacenter rack (“computing rack”) that can be adjusted to fit various sizes of computing equipment and can be stacked with additional computing racks. In certain embodiments, the computing rack includes an enclosure for storing a plurality of computing units as well as one or more adjustable vertical mounting rails coupled to the frame of the computing rack for accommodating different sizes and specifications of equipment. The computing rack additionally includes components for stacking the unit with additional computing racks such that a set of stacked computing racks can fit multiple different sizes and specifications of computing equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Wilke
  • Patent number: 10745620
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reactive mesogen (RM) formulation comprising a conductive additive, to a polymer film obtained thereof, and the use of the RM formulation and polymer film in optical or electrooptical components or devices, like optical retardation films for liquid crystal displays (LCDs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Graham Smith, Owain Llyr Parri, Vicki Cook, Georg Bernatz, David Wilkes, Jonathan Henry Wilson, Mark James, Philip Edward May
  • Patent number: 10718354
    Abstract: A compact back-flow stopper using an elastic flexure mechanism for a cooling fan is shown and described. The backflow stopper assembly comprises a frame configured to structurally support a fin array when coupled to a fan. The fin array comprises a plurality of flexural deformation elements and associated fin elements arrayed in a radial arrangement to establish a pathway for airflow, each of the flexural deformation elements configured to move an attached fin element responsive to airflow impacting the attached fin element. Flex limiter elements are coupled to the frame and configured to limit flexure of the fin elements beyond a predetermined flexure in relation to the frame to stop backflow of air through the fin array. A fan assembly with a backflow stopper is shown and described. Also, a data storage assembly using fan assemblies with backflow stoppers is also shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darya Amin-Shahidi, Michael Stephen Bell, Toshiki Hirano, Neale Marvin Jones, Jeffrey David Wilke
  • Publication number: 20190374351
    Abstract: A surface contour gauge is provided for use in surgical transplantation procedures. Surface contour gauges provide quick and efficient surface contour matches between a patient's bone defect and a prepared allograft plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Mologne, Daniel Cerundolo, David Wilke
  • Patent number: 10231557
    Abstract: A balloon display structure and method of use. The display structure includes a base member and an upstanding member with the upstanding member having a plurality of sides with elongate apertures therein. The elongate apertures are arranged to receive sticks bearing air-filled balloons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: David Wilke
  • Publication number: 20190019537
    Abstract: Data storage device mounting systems to provide alignment and mounting of data storage devices are provided herein. A carrier is configured to couple to a data storage device and hang the data storage device in a vertical orientation in a data storage assembly from retractable mounting pins coupled to the carrier. The carrier also includes retractable alignment features to guide the data storage device and carrier into the mounting system. Finger grips are coupled to retractable alignment features and mounting pins and configured to extend retractable alignment features beyond the carrier concurrent with retracting the mounting pins when actuated by a user squeezing the finger grips. The finger grips are configured to extend the mounting pins when de-actuated by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: David William Niss, Jeffrey David Wilke
  • Patent number: 10138420
    Abstract: The present invention relates to liquid crystal media comprising polymerizable mesogenic compounds with a bent shape, and to electro-optical displays comprising these media as light modulation media. In particular the electro-optical displays according to the present invention are displays, which are operated at a temperature, at which the liquid crystal modulation media are in an optically isotropic phase, preferably in a blue phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Wittek, Norihiko Tanaka, Kevin Adlem, Matthias Bremer, David Wilkes, Ming-Chou Wu
  • Patent number: 10132091
    Abstract: A compliant trim for use between concrete slabs is disclosed, intended to seal the joints and provide a decorative cover over the forms. The compliant trim is placed on the forms prior to the pouring of concrete. The compliant trim contains features which anchor the compliant trim to the slab at numerous points along its length, thereby constraining the compliant trim against any shrinkage effects, and doing so in a manner that introduces minimal stress concentration into the slabs. When the compliant trim is anchored to both of the adjacent slabs, it is capable of following slab motions due to thermal expansion or other environmental effects. The surface of the compliant trim may be used to support the screed. Additionally, the compliant trim may be used to produce a chamfered or radius edge, thereby eliminating the need to radius-trowel the slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Robert David Wilkes, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180305619
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the regulation of light transmission, preferably a window, more preferably a privacy window, comprising a liquid crystalline medium exhibiting a converse flexoelectric effect, and which is sandwiched between two substrates, wherein at least one substrate is provided with an electrode structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: MERCK PATENT GMBH
    Inventors: David WILKES, Helmut HAENSEL
  • Patent number: 10084262
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of a bi-directional cable interconnect system are described. A connector bezel configured to guide engagement of a male mating connector of a cable with a female mating connector comprises a front plate having a main opening formed therein configured to allow passage of the male mating connector therethrough and a rear assembly attached to the front plate. The rear assembly comprises a plurality of walls forming a cable connector opening therethrough and a rear opening formed in the rear assembly configured to allow passage of the female mating connector therethrough. The cable connector opening is fluidly coupled with the main opening and with the rear opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Kelly, Todd Christopher McNally, Jeffrey David Wilke
  • Publication number: 20180209446
    Abstract: A compact back-flow stopper using an elastic flexure mechanism for a cooling fan is shown and described. The backflow stopper assembly comprises a frame configured to structurally support a fin array when coupled to a fan. The fin array comprises a plurality of flexural deformation elements and associated fin elements arrayed in a radial arrangement to establish a pathway for airflow, each of the flexural deformation elements configured to move an attached fin element responsive to airflow impacting the attached fin element. Flex limiter elements are coupled to the frame and configured to limit flexure of the fin elements beyond a predetermined flexure in relation to the frame to stop backflow of air through the fin array. A fan assembly with a backflow stopper is shown and described. Also, a data storage assembly using fan assemblies with backflow stoppers is also shown and described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Darya Amin-Shahidi, Michael Stephen Bell, Toshiki Hirano, Neale Marvin Jones, Jeffrey David Wilke
  • Publication number: 20180183183
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of a bi-directional cable interconnect system are described. A connector bezel configured to guide engagement of a male mating connector of a cable with a female mating connector comprises a front plate having a main opening formed therein configured to allow passage of the male mating connector therethrough and a rear assembly attached to the front plate. The rear assembly comprises a plurality of walls forming a cable connector opening therethrough and a rear opening formed in the rear assembly configured to allow passage of the female mating connector therethrough. The cable connector opening is fluidly coupled with the main opening and with the rear opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Noah Kelly, Todd Christopher McNally, Jeffrey David Wilke
  • Patent number: 9938990
    Abstract: A compact back-flow stopper using an elastic flexure mechanism for a cooling fan is shown and described. The backflow stopper assembly comprises a frame configured to structurally support a fin array when coupled to a fan. The fin array comprises a plurality of flexural deformation elements and associated fin elements arrayed in a radial arrangement to establish a pathway for airflow, each of the flexural deformation elements configured to move an attached fin element responsive to airflow impacting the attached fin element. Flex limiter elements are coupled to the frame and configured to limit flexure of the fin elements beyond a predetermined flexure in relation to the frame to stop backflow of air through the fin array. A fan assembly with a backflow stopper is shown and described. Also, a data storage assembly using fan assemblies with backflow stoppers is also shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darya Amin-Shahidi, Michael Stephen Bell, Toshiki Hirano, Neale Marvin Jones, Jeffrey David Wilke
  • Publication number: 20180078057
    Abstract: A balloon display structure and method of use. The display structure includes a base member and an upstanding member with the upstanding member having a plurality of sides with elongate apertures therein. The elongate apertures are arranged to receive sticks bearing air-filled balloons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventor: DAVID WILKE
  • Patent number: 9870804
    Abstract: Data storage device mounting systems to provide alignment and mounting of data storage devices are provided herein. A carrier is configured to couple to a data storage device and hang the data storage device in a vertical orientation in a data storage assembly from retractable mounting pins coupled to the carrier. The carrier also includes retractable alignment features to guide the data storage device and carrier into the mounting system. Finger grips are coupled to retractable alignment features and mounting pins and configured to extend retractable alignment features beyond the carrier concurrent with retracting the mounting pins when actuated by a user squeezing the finger grips. The finger grips are configured to extend the mounting pins when de-actuated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David William Niss, Jeffrey David Wilke
  • Publication number: 20170369784
    Abstract: The invention relates to bimesogenic compounds of formula I wherein R11, R12, MG11, MG12 and CG1 have the meaning given in claim 1, to the use of bimesogenic compounds of formula I in liquid crystal media and particular to flexoelectric liquid crystal devices comprising a liquid crystal medium according to the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: MERCK PATENT GMBH
    Inventor: David WILKES
  • Patent number: D860694
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: David Wilke
  • Patent number: D881614
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: David Wilke