Patents by Inventor James A. Merritt

James A. Merritt 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: 20210275184
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treatment of a patient's vasculature are described. The device includes a self-expanding resilient permeable shell having a radially constrained state and an expanded state with a globular, axially shortened configuration. The permeable shell may be a single layer of braided elongate filaments having first and second ends that are secured at the proximal end of the permeable shell. The devices may also include permeable shells made of woven braided mesh having a variable mesh density, i.e., the average size of pores in one region are a different than the average size of pores in another region. Methods of using the device to treat a cerebral aneurysm are also described. Methods of forming a tubular braid are also described. Methods of forming a tubular braid with variable braid densities are described. Methods of forming a tubular braid using a castellated mandrel are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: Todd Hewitt, Brian Merritt, William R. Patterson, James M. Thompson, Claudio Plaza, Hung P. Tran, Richard L. Quick
  • Publication number: 20180077913
    Abstract: A bait holder adapted for securing a fishing hook to a soft plastic bait while fishing a “weedless” technique during bass fishing. The bait holder includes an attachment portion, adapted to be inserted through the eye of the fishing hook for securely attaching to the fishing hook. The bait holder further includes a first hook extending from the attachment portion and being adapted to be inserted through a portion of a soft bait for securing the soft bait to the first end of the fishing hook during use. The bait holder of the present invention allows the fisherman to pull his bait through the thickest of vegetation without the top of the plastic bait sliding down the shaft of the hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventor: JAMES MERRITT
  • Patent number: 9814221
    Abstract: According to the principles of the present invention a combination sinker and bait stabilizer for a fishing hook is provided. The device is intended for use with a fishing hook having a curved shaft and a sharp tip extending from the curved shaft. The device includes an attachment portion including an eye adapted for receiving the curved shaft through the sharp tip and for lying on the curved shaft. The device further includes first and second capture members attached to the attachment portion and spaced apart from each other, the first and second capture members lying in a plane lateral to the plane of the fishing hook and extending upwardly to be inserted into a portion of a soft bait to maintain the soft bait laterally to the fishing hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ANGLERS SELECT, LLC
    Inventor: James Merritt
  • Publication number: 20170112831
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to Chemotactic Cytokine Receptor 1 (CCR1) antagonists and their use in the treatment of tumors of the central nervous system. More specifically, to the treatment of Astrocytic tumors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: James Merritt, Sal Coniglio
  • Publication number: 20170099819
    Abstract: According to the principles of the present invention a combination sinker and bait stabilizer for a fishing hook is provided. The device is intended for use with a fishing hook having a curved shaft and a sharp tip extending from the curved shaft. The device includes an attachment portion including an eye adapted for receiving the curved shaft through the sharp tip and for lying on the curved shaft. The device further includes first and second capture members attached to the attachment portion and spaced apart from each other, the first and second capture members lying in a plane lateral to the plane of the fishing hook and extending upwardly to be inserted into a portion of a soft bait to maintain the soft bait laterally to the fishing hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Inventor: James Merritt
  • Publication number: 20120216443
    Abstract: According to the principles of the present invention a combination sinker and bait stabilizer for a fishing hook is provided. The device is intended for use with a fishing hook having a curved shaft and a sharp tip extending from the curved shaft. The device includes an attachment portion including an eye adapted for receiving the curved shaft through the sharp tip and for lying on the curved shaft. The device further includes first and second capture members attached to the attachment portion and spaced apart from each other, the first and second capture members lying in a plane lateral to the plane of the fishing hook and extending upwardly to be inserted into a portion of a soft bait to maintain the soft bait laterally to the fishing hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: James MERRITT
  • Publication number: 20120216442
    Abstract: A bait holder adapted for securing a fishing hook to a soft plastic bait while fishing a “weedless” technique during bass fishing. The bait holder includes an attachment portion, adapted to be inserted through the eye of the fishing hook for securely attaching to the fishing hook. The bait holder further includes a first hook extending from the attachment portion and being adapted to be inserted through a portion of a soft bait for securing the soft bait to the first end of the fishing hook during use. The bait holder of the present invention allows the fisherman to pull his bait through the thickest of vegetation without the top of the plastic bait sliding down the shaft of the hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: James MERRITT
  • Publication number: 20070011092
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a hybrid invoice for services provided to a customer by an on-demand data center are disclosed. The method comprises providing a shared computing environment wherein computing resources are shared between the customer and at least one other user; allocating sufficient computing resources from the shared computing environment to provide a requested service; recording in a database the number of computing resource units required to provide the requested service; extracting from the database the number of computing resource units consumed by the customer during a billing period; and calculating a cost for providing the number of computing resource units consumed by the customer during the billing period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Inventors: Ellis Bishop, Randy Johnson, Linda Kalmes, James Merritt, Tedrick Northway, H. Rinckel
  • Publication number: 20050195685
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing material in a container includes a platform mounted for simultaneous movement on at least two axes and for supporting a container containing material to be mixed. A motor can be operatively associated with the platform to move the platform on the two axes. A container holding assembly having a vertical extent can be carried by the platform, and is moveable between a closed position in which the holding assembly is positioned proximate the container to retain the container on the platform during mixing operations, and an open position in which the holding assembly is positioned away from the container so that the container can be removed from the platform without lifting the container over the vertical extent of the holding assembly. The platform can be contained within a housing having a low profile opening such that the container can be removed without elevating the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Applicant: Ultrablend LLC
    Inventors: Steven Marshall, Martin Salas, James Merritt
  • Patent number: 6042164
    Abstract: A container lifter (2) is designed for use with a container (6) of the type having a body and a neck (4) extending from the body. The neck has an enlarged-diameter portion (24) and a reduced-diameter portion (28). The container lifter has a collar (8) which defines a collar opening (22) sized to permit the enlarged-diameter portion to pass therethrough. A keeper (14) is mounted to the collar for movement between a first position, spaced apart from the collar opening, and second position, partially covering the collar opening to define a reduced collar opening (26). The reduced collar opening is sized to permit the reduced-diameter portion to pass therethrough but prevent the enlarged-diameter portion from passing therethrough. The container lifter also includes a handle (32), extending from the collar, having a handgrip (34) which is generally centered on the reduced collar opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: James A. Merritt
  • Patent number: 6010100
    Abstract: The present invention provides clip assemblies and methods for their use for retaining a cable against a mounting surface. Exemplary clip assemblies (10) include a clip body (12) having upper and lower surfaces (14, 16). The clip body lower surface defines a cable retaining opening (36) sized for receipt of the cable. The clip body further includes a penetration region that is adapted for being penetrated by a fastener (40). The clip assembly includes a threaded fastener having a head (42), a tip (44), and a shaft portion (46) between the head and tip. The shaft portion has a threaded region (48) and a non-threaded region (54). The threaded region includes a plurality of threads (50) defining a root diameter (52) of the threaded region. The non-threaded region has a diameter (56) that is generally equal to or less than the root diameter of the threaded region. The non-threaded region is adapted to align with the penetration region when the threaded region is fastened to the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventor: James A. Merritt
  • Patent number: 5957513
    Abstract: A container lifter (2), suited for lifting and moving 5-gallon water bottles (4) by the neck (6), includes a U-shaped collar (14) with proximal and distal portions (16, 18), a side brace (28) extending from the distal portion of the collar and a handle (34) extending from the proximal portion of the collar. A horizontally-oriented container can be removed from a delivery truck and placed in a generally vertical orientation. To do so, the collar is slid sideways onto the neck of the bottle, the handle is pulled horizontally so the collar engages the neck ring, and the bottle is pulled from the truck. Once free from the truck, the bottle swings down to a generally, but not completely, vertical orientation at which the proximal portion of the collar and the side brace engage the neck. The container lifter can also be used to lift and move generally vertically-oriented bottles with the proximal portion of the collar and the side brace engaging the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: James A. Merritt
  • Patent number: 5305909
    Abstract: A paint container assembly including a container body (8) having an outer surface (10), an inner surface (12) defining an interior (14) containing the paint (16), an opening (20) through which the paint is removed, and a flexible bag (6). The flexible bag (6) has a bottom region (28) used to cover a free surface (18) of the paint (16) and a sidewall region (28) sized to cover the inner surface (12) of the container, a lid mating surface (22), and a portion of the outer surface (10) of the container body (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Inventor: James A. Merritt
  • Patent number: 4903920
    Abstract: A clip (2) for retaining coaxial type cable (4) against a mounting surface (6) means of a nail (8) similar fastener may be produced by an extrusion process. The clip has an upper surface (18) having a first nail slot (26), and has a lower surface (20) with a second nail slot (36) and a cable retaining opening (50). The first nail slot is situated above the second nail slot and a slot separation wall (44) is defined therebetween. The cable is inserted in the cable retaining opening and the clip is placed against the mounting surface. The fastener is then driven through the first nail slot, through the slot separation wall, through the second nail slot and into the mounting surface. The first and second nail slots have widths about 90%-110% of the diameter of the fastener, and the slot separation wall has a thickness of about 75%-150% of the diameter of the fastener. The depth of the second nail slot is chosen accommodate any flashing (52) produced as the fastener is driven through the slot separation wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Inventor: James A. Merritt
  • Patent number: 4721158
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method and related system for controlling the injection of fluid into a plurality of spaced wellbores using a fluid distribution system to direct fluid from a fluid source to each of the spaced wellbores. In the method, high/low fluid flow rate limits and high/low fluid pressure limits for each wellbore are determined and inputted into an RTU. The fluid flow rate and fluid pressure for each wellbore are measured at the fluid distribution system and the measured fluid flow rate and the fluid pressure for each wellbore are compared to the determined limits. Thereafter, the flow of fluid to each wellbore is adjusted at the fluid distribution system for those wellbores that have a measured fluid flow rate and/or fluid pressure outside of the determined limits and the adjustment is continued until the measured flow rate and fluid pressure are within the determined limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Merritt, Jr., Gary L. Brelsford
  • Patent number: 4654144
    Abstract: An improved process for the wet oxidation of malodorous gases obtained from sewage sludge drying operations is provided. Organic-enriched water having an oxygen demand of at least 5 mg per liter is utilized for the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: National Distillers and Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Hubert J. Sharkey, James A. Merritt
  • Patent number: 4536252
    Abstract: Nitrosyl fluoride is prepared by laser-induced method wherein the nitrosyl luoride is produced in situ or in close proximity to where it is used to etch semiconductor surfaces.A reaction mixture of a catalyst compound and a fluoro compound, wherein the catalyst compound is an oxide of nitrogen selected from the group of nitrogen oxide compounds consisting of NO, N.sub.2 O, and NO.sub.2 and wherein the fluoro compound is selected from the group of fluoro compounds consisting of NF.sub.3 and N.sub.2 F.sub.4, is irradiated with CO.sub.2 laser radiation to produce FNO. FNO reacts with an exposed silicon material to produce SiF.sub.4 and nitrogen oxide. Since the oxide is regenerated, it can be regarded as a catalyst which can be recovered and recycled.A production scheme for producing nitrosyl fluoride for etching is disclosed wherein the nitrosyl fluoride is produced directly in the laser reaction chamber by passing a CO.sub.2 laser beam through the reaction mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Joseph K. McDonald, James A. Merritt
  • Patent number: D334888
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Inventor: James A. Merritt
  • Patent number: D340789
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Inventor: James A. Merritt
  • Patent number: D433891
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: James A. Merritt