Patents by Inventor Frederick M. Morgan

Frederick M. Morgan 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: 10327776
    Abstract: A layer of material for use with a surgical staple cartridge is disclosed. The layer can be releasably secured to the cartridge body of the surgical staple cartridge. The layer can comprise an array of discrete distressed regions arranged in a pattern that matches a pattern of staple cavities defined in the cartridge body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Jerome R. Morgan, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Charles J. Scheib, Bret W. Smith, Lucia M. Casella
  • Patent number: 10306733
    Abstract: An ambient light sensor measures an ambient light level at one point in an illuminated environment, such as a warehouse, office, shop, cold-storage facility, or industrial facility, and provides an indication of the measured ambient light level to a processor. The processor maps the measured ambient light level to an estimated ambient light level at a different point in the illuminated environment from the measured ambient light level (e.g., a “task height” about three feet from a warehouse floor). The processor may determine the difference between the estimated ambient light level and a desired light level at the task height, and may change the artificial illumination provided by a light fixture to make the actual ambient light level at task height match the desired light level at the task height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Digital Lumens, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Chemel, John F. Egan, Scott D. Johnston, Steve T. Kondo, Jesse F. Kuhn, Matthew W. Massicotte, Frederick M. Morgan, Colin N. Piepgras, Henry B. Sick, Christopher L. Elledge
  • Patent number: 10293100
    Abstract: An end effector for use with a surgical instrument includes a plurality of staples, an agent reservoir comprising a medical agent, a dispensing passage configured to convey the medical agent from the agent reservoir to tissue, and a firing system which includes a cutting member, a movable member, and a firing member, wherein the firing system is configured to cooperatively move the movable member and the firing member to simultaneously fire the plurality of staples and dispense at least a portion of the medical agent near the cutting member owing to the advancement of the firing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Joseph C. Hueil, Jerome R. Morgan, Leslie M. Fugikawa
  • Publication number: 20180199403
    Abstract: Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) generate light more efficiently than high-intensity discharge lamps or high-intensity fluorescent lamps. Driving a series of LEDs with a constant-voltage primary supply and a low-voltage LED driver keeps efficiency high. Unfortunately, LED forward voltage varies as a function of temperature: at low temperature, the forward voltage rises. Placing the LEDs in series magnifies the forward voltage increases. This makes it difficult to drive a series of LEDs at low temperature with a constant-voltage supply because the forward voltage can exceed the power supply voltage. To account for this behavior, an exemplary LED lighting fixture includes a “bypass” circuit that, when engaged, effectively removes at least one LED from each series string of LEDs to bring the total forward voltage below the power supply voltage. The low-voltage driver circuit monitors temperature, and engages the “bypass” circuit when necessary to ensure that DC voltage is not exceeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Digital Lumens, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D Johnston, Christopher Elledge, Hugh Medal, Frederick M. Morgan, John F. Egan
  • Publication number: 20180132325
    Abstract: Digital Control Ready (DCR) is a two-way open standard for controlling and managing next-generation fixtures. A DCR-enabled lighting fixture responds to digital control signals from a separate digital light agent (DLA) instead of analog dimming signals, eliminating the need for digital-to-analog signal conditioning, fixture-to-fixture variations in response, and calibration specific to each fixture. In addition, a DCR-enabled lighting fixture may also report its power consumption, measured light output, measured color temperature, temperature, and/or other operating parameters to the DLA via the same bidirectional data link that carries the digital control signals to the fixture. The DLA processes these signals in a feedback loop to implement more precise lighting control. The DCR-enabled lighting fixture also transforms AC power to DC power and supplies (and measures) DC power to the DLA via a DCR interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Brian J. Chemel, Frederick M. MORGAN
  • Patent number: 9955541
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to the collection of data regarding a plurality of customers in a retail or entertainment environment. Data may be collected via at least one sensor coupled to at least one lighting fixture in the retail or entertainment environment. In one exemplary implementation, data may be collected by one or more lighting fixtures, and data may be communicated via light generated by any one or more fixtures without perceivably affecting a quality of light generated by the one or more fixtures. A map may be generated based on the collected data to display traffic patterns and/or dwell times of the plurality of customers in the retail or entertainment environment, and such a map may be displayed, for example, via a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Dowling, Frederick M. Morgan, Ihor A. Lys, Michael K. Blackwell
  • Patent number: 9924576
    Abstract: Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) generate light more efficiently than high-intensity discharge lamps or high-intensity fluorescent lamps. Driving a series of LEDs with a constant-voltage primary supply and a low-voltage LED driver keeps efficiency high. Unfortunately, LED forward voltage varies as a function of temperature: at low temperature, the forward voltage rises. Placing the LEDs in series magnifies the forward voltage increases. This makes it difficult to drive a series of LEDs at low temperature with a constant-voltage supply because the forward voltage can exceed the power supply voltage. To account for this behavior, an exemplary LED lighting fixture includes a “bypass” circuit that, when engaged, effectively removes at least one LED from each series string of LEDs to bring the total forward voltage below the power supply voltage. The low-voltage driver circuit monitors temperature, and engages the “bypass” circuit when necessary to ensure that DC voltage is not exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Digital Lumens, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Johnston, Christopher Elledge, Hugh Medal, Frederick M. Morgan, John F. Egan
  • Patent number: 9832832
    Abstract: Digital Control Ready (DCR) is a two-way open standard for controlling and managing next-generation fixtures. A DCR-enabled lighting fixture responds to digital control signals from a separate digital light agent (DLA) instead of analog dimming signals, eliminating the need for digital-to-analog signal conditioning, fixture-to-fixture variations in response, and calibration specific to each fixture. In addition, a DCR-enabled lighting fixture may also report its power consumption, measured light output, measured color temperature, temperature, and/or other operating parameters to the DLA via the same bidirectional data link that carries the digital control signals to the fixture. The DLA processes these signals in a feedback loop to implement more precise lighting control. The DCR-enabled lighting fixture also transforms AC power to DC power and supplies (and measures) DC power to the DLA via a DCR interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Digital Lumens, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Chemel, Frederick M. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20170042001
    Abstract: An ambient light sensor measures an ambient light level at one point in an illuminated environment, such as a warehouse, office, shop, cold-storage facility, or industrial facility, and provides an indication of the measured ambient light level to a processor. The processor maps the measured ambient light level to an estimated ambient light level at a different point in the illuminated environment from the measured ambient light level (e.g., a “task height” about three feet from a warehouse floor). The processor may determine the difference between the estimated ambient light level and a desired light level at the task height, and may change the artificial illumination provided by a light fixture to make the actual ambient light level at task height match the desired light level at the task height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Brian Chemel, John F. Egan, Scott D. Johnston, Steve T. Kondo, Jesse F. Kuhn, Matthew W. Massicotte, Frederick M. Morgan, Colin N. Piepgras, Henry B. Sick, Christopher L. Elledge
  • Publication number: 20170019970
    Abstract: A presence or an absence of an occupant is detected, and an occupancy sensor signal is generated representative of an active state in which the presence of the occupant is detected, and an inactive state in which the absence of the occupant is detected. An ambient light sensor detects the ambient light level and generates an ambient light sensor signal representative of the ambient light level. Dimmable illumination is generated at a first dimming level, based on the ambient light level, corresponding to the active state and a second dimming level corresponding to the inactive state. A transition delay time between an onset of the inactive state and a transition between the first dimming level and the second dimming level may be controlled. The first dimming level, the second dimming level, and/or the transition delay time may be variably set or controlled locally or via a remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Brian J. CHEMEL, Frederick M. MORGAN, Christopher L. ELLEDGE, John EGAN
  • Patent number: 9510426
    Abstract: An ambient light sensor measures an ambient light level at one point in an illuminated environment, such as a warehouse, office, shop, cold-storage facility, or industrial facility, and provides an indication of the measured ambient light level to a processor. The processor maps the measured ambient light level to an estimated ambient light level at a different point in the illuminated environment from the measured ambient light level (e.g., a “task height” about three feet from a warehouse floor). The processor may determine the difference between the estimated ambient light level and a desired light level at the task height, and may change the artificial illumination provided by a light fixture to make the actual ambient light level at task height match the desired light level at the task height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Digital Lumens, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Chemel, John F. Egan, Scott D. Johnston, Steve T. Kondo, Jesse F. Kuhn, Matthew W. Massicotte, Frederick M. Morgan, Colin N. Piepgras, Henry B. Sick, Christopher L. Elledge
  • Publication number: 20160323958
    Abstract: Digital Control Ready (DCR) is a two-way open standard for controlling and managing next-generation fixtures. A DCR-enabled lighting fixture responds to digital control signals from a separate digital light agent (DLA) instead of analog dimming signals, eliminating the need for digital-to-analog signal conditioning, fixture-to-fixture variations in response, and calibration specific to each fixture. In addition, a DCR-enabled lighting fixture may also report its power consumption, measured light output, measured color temperature, temperature, and/or other operating parameters to the DLA via the same bidirectional data link that carries the digital control signals to the fixture. The DLA processes these signals in a feedback loop to implement more precise lighting control. The DCR-enabled lighting fixture also transforms AC power to DC power and supplies (and measures) DC power to the DLA via a DCR interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Brian J. CHEMEL, Frederick M. MORGAN
  • Publication number: 20160050725
    Abstract: Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) generate light more efficiently than high-intensity discharge lamps or high-intensity fluorescent lamps. Driving a series of LEDs with a constant-voltage primary supply and a low-voltage LED driver keeps efficiency high. Unfortunately, LED forward voltage varies as a function of temperature: at low temperature, the forward voltage rises. Placing the LEDs in series magnifies the forward voltage increases. This makes it difficult to drive a series of LEDs at low temperature with a constant-voltage supply because the forward voltage can exceed the power supply voltage. To account for this behavior, an exemplary LED lighting fixture includes a “bypass” circuit that, when engaged, effectively removes at least one LED from each series string of LEDs to bring the total forward voltage below the power supply voltage. The low-voltage driver circuit monitors temperature, and engages the “bypass” circuit when necessary to ensure that DC voltage is not exceeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Scott D. Johnston, Christopher Elledge, Hugh Medal, Frederick M. Morgan, John F. Egan
  • Patent number: 9241392
    Abstract: Digital Control Ready (DCR) is a two-way open standard for controlling and managing next-generation fixtures. A DCR-enabled lighting fixture responds to digital control signals from a separate digital light agent (DLA) instead of analog dimming signals, eliminating the need for digital-to-analog signal conditioning, fixture-to-fixture variations in response, and calibration specific to each fixture. In addition, a DCR-enabled lighting fixture may also report its power consumption, measured light output, measured color temperature, temperature, and/or other operating parameters to the DLA via the same bidirectional data link that carries the digital control signals to the fixture. The DLA processes these signals in a feedback loop to implement more precise lighting control. The DCR-enabled lighting fixture also transforms AC power to DC power and supplies (and measures) DC power to the DLA via a DCR interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Digital Lumens, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Chemel, Frederick M. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20140333222
    Abstract: Digital Control Ready (DCR) is a two-way open standard for controlling and managing next-generation fixtures. A DCR-enabled lighting fixture responds to digital control signals from a separate digital light agent (DLA) instead of analog dimming signals, eliminating the need for digital-to-analog signal conditioning, fixture-to-fixture variations in response, and calibration specific to each fixture. In addition, a DCR-enabled lighting fixture may also report its power consumption, measured light output, measured color temperature, temperature, and/or other operating parameters to the DLA via the same bidirectional data link that carries the digital control signals to the fixture. The DLA processes these signals in a feedback loop to implement more precise lighting control. The DCR-enabled lighting fixture also transforms AC power to DC power and supplies (and measures) DC power to the DLA via a DCR interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Digital Lumens Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Chemel, Frederick M. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20140329223
    Abstract: The present invention provides photobioreactors, solar energy gathering systems, and methods for thermal control of a culture medium containing a phototrophic organism in a photobioreactor, that allow temperature control in a cost effective manner, reducing the energy required for temperature control of a culture medium containing phototrophic microorganisms in a photobioreactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: JOULE UNLIMITED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Frederick M. Morgan, Stuart A. Jacobson, Johan van Walsem
  • Publication number: 20140292208
    Abstract: An ambient light sensor measures an ambient light level at one point in an illuminated environment, such as a warehouse, office, shop, cold-storage facility, or industrial facility, and provides an indication of the measured ambient light level to a processor. The processor maps the measured ambient light level to an estimated ambient light level at a different point in the illuminated environment from the measured ambient light level (e.g., a “task height” about three feet from a warehouse floor). The processor may determine the difference between the estimated ambient light level and a desired light level at the task height, and may change the artificial illumination provided by a light fixture to make the actual ambient light level at task height match the desired light level at the task height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Digital Lumens Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Chemel, John F. Egan, Scott D. Johnston, Steve T. Kondo, Jesse F. Kuhn, Matthew W. Massicotte, Frederick M. Morgan, Colin N. Piepgras, Henry B. Sick, Christopher L. Elledge
  • Patent number: 8729833
    Abstract: Digital Control Ready (DCR) is a two-way open standard for controlling and managing next-generation fixtures. A DCR-enabled lighting fixture responds to digital control signals from a separate digital light agent (DLA) instead of analog dimming signals, eliminating the need for digital-to-analog signal conditioning, fixture-to-fixture variations in response, and calibration specific to each fixture. In addition, a DCR-enabled lighting fixture may also report its power consumption, measured light output, measured color temperature, temperature, and/or other operating parameters to the DLA via the same bidirectional data link that carries the digital control signals to the fixture. The DLA processes these signals in a feedback loop to implement more precise lighting control. The DCR-enabled lighting fixture also transforms AC power to DC power and supplies (and measures) DC power to the DLA via a DCR interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Digital Lumens Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Chemel, Frederick M. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20130244320
    Abstract: The present invention provides photobioreactors, solar energy gathering systems, and methods for thermal control of a culture medium containing a phototrophic organism in a photobioreactor, that allow temperature control in a cost effective manner, reducing the energy required for temperature control of a culture medium containing phototrophic microorganisms in a photobioreactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: JOULE UNLIMITED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Frederick M. Morgan, Stuart A. Jacobson, Johan van Walsem
  • Patent number: 8390207
    Abstract: Lighting apparatus and methods employing LED light sources are described. The LED light sources are integrated with other components in the form of a luminaire or other general purpose lighting structure. Some of the lighting structures are formed as Parabolic Aluminum Reflector (PAR) luminaires, allowing them to be inserted into conventional sockets. The lighting structures display beneficial operating characteristics, such as efficient operation, high thermal dissipation, high output, and good color mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philipe Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Dowling, Ihor A. Lys, Brian Roberge, Ryan C. Williamson, Ron Roberts, Michael Datta, Tomas Mollnow, Frederick M. Morgan