Patents by Inventor Dennis E. Smith

Dennis E. Smith 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: 20190293673
    Abstract: A disposable cartridge for mitigating cross-contamination of fluid sample reagents. The disposable cartridge includes a cartridge body defining a syringe barrel having an barrel port operative to inject and withdraw assay fluids in response to the displacement of a syringe plunger. Furthermore, the disposable cartridge includes a rotor defining a plurality of assay chambers in fluid communication with the barrel port through one of a plurality of rotor ports disposed about the periphery of the rotor. Finally, the disposable cartridge includes a flow control system between the barrel and rotor ports which prevents cross-contamination of fluid sample reagents from one assay chamber to another assay chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Integrated Nano-Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel E. Wescott, Dennis M. Connolly, Richard S. Murante, Mark J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10423693
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system, computer program product, and computer readable storage medium provide the ability to parallel process hierarchical data. Hierarchical data is obtained. The hierarchical data is organized in a relationship graph having two or more nodes (consisting of parent nodes that are dependent on child nodes). The relationship graph requires bottom-up processing. Cycles are identified in the relationship graph. The relationship graph is leveled by traversing the graph and assigning all graph nodes into levels. The hierarchical data is processed by parallel processing the nodes in a first level of the one or more levels before parallel processing the nodes in a subsequent level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy E. Abla, Michael Alan Foster, John T. Koerner, Mikel L. Martin, Dennis M. Mulonas, Matthew W. Smith
  • Patent number: 7788121
    Abstract: A method for allocating articulated tasks to determinate resources such that enterprise efficiency is maximized. The method uses geographic parameters to perform a set of incrementally rotated reassessments using subtended angular offsets to optimally allocate tasks to resources, thereby rapidly approximating the results that would be obtained from a full permutation suite, but without the massive computational overhead associated with comprehensive permutation weighting. The method provides for proper handling of post-posited task insertions at optimal points within the parameter space, providing final determination authority to the system user. The parameter space can include temporal banding for resource-to-task association. The utility of the method for handling the core calculations of routing and dispatching software, such as is used in the many service industries, is transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Dennis E Smith, Martin Selbrede
  • Patent number: 7390844
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a water dispersible polymer particle stabilized by a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide dispersant. The present invention also discloses a heterogeneous method for forming polymer particles comprising providing a water immiscible organic phase comprising at least one monomer dispersed in a continuous water phase and a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide, and polymerizing said organic phase to yield polymer particles stabilized with hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide. Also disclosed in the present invention is a heterogeneous method for forming polymer particles comprising providing a water immiscible organic dispersed in a continuous water phase, polymerizing said organic phase, and adding bydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide to yield polymer particles stabilized with hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Jeanne E. Kaeding, Dennis E. Smith, Trevor J. Wear, Alan R. Pitt, Peter J. Ghyzel
  • Patent number: 7059714
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an ink printing method including the steps of: a) providing an ink printer that is responsive to digital data signals; b) loading said printer with an image-recording element including a support having thereon at least one image-receiving layer comprising polymeric particles in a polymeric binder, wherein said polymeric particle is stabilized by a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide dispersant; c) loading said printer with an ink composition; and d) printing on said image-recording element using said ink composition in response to said digital data signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeanne E. Kaeding, Jeffrey W. Leon, Christine J. Landry-Coltrain, Alan R. Pitt, Trevor J. Wear, Gregory E. Missell, Dennis E. Smith
  • Patent number: 6918820
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to compositions and methods for removing adherent materials and polishing surfaces. In one embodiment, the method employs an improved media comprising core-shell particles. The media can be applied to microelectronic objects of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dennis E. Smith, Suryadevara V. Babu
  • Patent number: 6906157
    Abstract: A water dispersible polymer particle stabilized by a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide dispersant or a heterogeneous method for forming polymer particles comprising providing a water immiscible organic phase comprising at least one monomer dispersed in a continuous water phase and a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide, and polymerizing the organic phase to yield polymer particles stabilized with hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide. Also, a heterogeneous method for forming polymer particles comprising providing a water immiscible organic dispersed in a continuous water phase, polymerizing the organic phase, and adding hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide to yield polymer particles stabilized with hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Jeanne E. Keading, Dennis E. Smith, Trevor J. Wear, Alan R. Pitt, Peter J. Ghyzel
  • Patent number: 6858293
    Abstract: Disclosed is an integral film comprising a transparent polymeric substrate having a surface bearing polymeric beads, wherein the swell ratio, the size, and the laydown of the beads are selected so as to provide both a one sided static friction coefficient of not more than 0.68 and an internal haze value of not more than 0.1. The film provides an improved combination of slip and optical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Linda S. Flosenzier, Dennis E. Smith, Roland J. Koestner, William J. Gamble
  • Patent number: 6825150
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thermal dye-transfer receiving element comprising a dye-image receiving layer on its top surface and, beneath the dye-image receiving layer, a microvoided layer containing a continuous phase polymer matrix having dispersed therein crosslinked organic microbeads, wherein the microbeads exhibit a glass transition temperature Tg that is below 80° C. Also disclosed is a method for making such thermal dye-transfer receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dennis E. Smith, John Muehlbauer, Peter D. Rollinson, Thomas M. Laney, Teh-Ming Kung
  • Patent number: 6817927
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to methods for removing adherent materials, for example, paint, flashes, burrs, photoresists, contaminants, and other materials from various external surfaces. In particular, the method employs an improved media comprising core/shell particles. The media can be propelled against or along the surface by a gaseous or liquid carrier medium or a mixture of gas and liquid to remove the unwanted surface material. In one embodiment, suitable blasting equipment propels the media, via a pressurized air stream, against a surface of an object, for example an airplane skin, to dislodge the material to be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dennis E. Smith, Christopher J. Puccini, David W. Gruszczynski
  • Publication number: 20040203324
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to compositions and methods for removing adherent materials and polishing surfaces. In one embodiment, the method employs an improved media comprising core-shell particles. The media can be applied to microelectronic objects of manufacture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Dennis E. Smith, Suryadevara V. Babu
  • Publication number: 20040167027
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thermal dye-transfer receiving element comprising a dye-image receiving layer on its top surface and, beneath the dye-image receiving layer, a microvoided layer containing a continuous phase polymer matrix having dispersed therein crosslinked organic microbeads, wherein the microbeads exhibit a glass transition temperature Tg that is below 80° C. Also disclosed is a method for making such thermal dye-transfer receiving elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dennis E. Smith, John Muehlbauer, Peter D. Rollinson, Thomas M. Laney, Teh-Ming Kung
  • Patent number: 6779885
    Abstract: An ink jet printing method having the steps of: A) providing an ink jet printer that is responsive to digital data signals; B) loading the printer with an ink jet recording element having a support having thereon an image-receiving layer of porous polymeric particles in a polymeric binder, the porous polymeric particles being prepared in the presence of an anionic or ationic dispersant, and the image-receiving layer containing a surfactant having a charge opposite to that of the dispersant used to make the porous polymeric particles, the surfactant being present in an amount from about 0.04 parts to about 0.30 parts by weight of the dispersant; C) loading the printer with an ink jet ink composition; and D) printing on the ink jet recording element using the ink jet ink composition in response to the digital data signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gregory E. Missell, Jeanne E. Kaeding, Dennis E. Smith, Paul B. Merkel
  • Patent number: 6736905
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to methods for removing adherent materials, for example, residues, scale, contaminants, fouling, precipitates, and the like objectional materials from various internal surfaces of fluid transport or delivery systems and parts thereof. In particular, the method employs an improved media comprising core/shell particles. The media can be propelled against or along the surface by a fluid carrier to remove the unwanted surface material. In one embodiment, the media may be propelled by a liquid along a surface, such as the interior walls of a pipe, to remove undesirable adherent materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dennis E. Smith, Christopher J. Puccini, David W. Gruszczynski
  • Patent number: 6726991
    Abstract: Core/shell particles having a core of a porous polymer and a shell of an inorganic colloid, the inorganic colloid having a median diameter of less than about 0.07 &mgr;m, and the core/shell particles having a median diameter of less than about 50 &mgr;m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeanne E. Kaeding, Dennis E. Smith
  • Patent number: 6677004
    Abstract: An ink jet recording element having a support having thereon an image-receiving layer of porous polymeric particles in a polymeric binder, the porous polymeric particles being prepared in the presence of an anionic or cationic dispersant, and the image-receiving layer containing a surfactant having a charge opposite to that of the dispersant used to make the porous polymeric particles, the surfactant being present in an amount from about 0.04 parts to about 0.30 parts by weight of the dispersant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Paul B. Merkel, Gregory E. Missell, Jeanne E. Kaeding, Dennis E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20030198761
    Abstract: An ink recording element is described comprising a support having thereon at least one image-receiving layer comprising polymeric particles in a polymeric binder, wherein said polymeric particle is stabilized by a hydrophobically-capped oligomeric acrylamide dispersant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeanne E. Kaeding, Jeffrey W. Leon, Christine J. Landry-Coltrain, Alan R. Pitt, Trevor J. Wear, Gregory E. Missell, Dennis E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20030197773
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an ink printing method using an image-recording element which provides an image having excellent image quality and superior dry time comprising the steps of:
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeanne E. Kaeding, Jeffrey W. Leon, Christine J. Landry-Coltrain, Alan R. Pitt, Trevor J. Wear, Gregory E. Missell, Dennis E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20030199633
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a water dispersible polymer particle stabilized by a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide dispersant. The present invention also discloses a heterogeneous method for forming polymer particles comprising providing a water immiscible organic phase comprising at least one monomer dispersed in a continuous water phase and a hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide, and polymerizing said organic phase to yield polymer particles stabilized with hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide. Also disclosed in the present invention is a heterogeneous method for forming polymer particles comprising providing a water immiscible organic dispersed in a continuous water phase, polymerizing said organic phase, and adding hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide to yield polymer particles stabilized with hydrophobically capped oligomeric acrylamide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Leon, Jeanne E. Kaeding, Dennis E. Smith, Trevor J. Wear, Alan R. Pitt, Peter J. Ghyzel
  • Publication number: 20030180528
    Abstract: Disclosed is an integral film comprising a transparent polymeric substrate having a surface bearing polymeric beads, wherein the swell ratio, the size, and the laydown of the beads are selected so as to provide both a one sided static friction coefficient of not more than 0.68 and an internal haze value of not more than 0.1. The film provides an improved combination of slip and optical properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Linda S. Flosenzier, Dennis E. Smith, Roland J. Koestner, William J. Gamble