Patents by Inventor James B. Johnston

James B. Johnston 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: 20130029312
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for preparing sperm for ICSI by combining selective enrichment benefits of sperm gradient preparation, sperm swim-up preparation and hyaluronan-binding for selection of mature sperm into a single processing unit. The single processing unit of the invention reduces operator labor steps and time, is efficient, easy to use, offers quick processing time and provides highly motile, mature and specific individual sperm that retain desired sperm characteristics selected by each individual selection principal that are ready for capture and use in ICSI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: BIOCOAT, INC.
    Inventor: James B. Johnston
  • Publication number: 20120179619
    Abstract: A tuition advantage program incorporating an award offered to students via a promissory note, and having an original principal balance that replaces a small part of the institutional tuition discount that the institution extends to the student. The principal is a reduction against tuition, and it is not delivered to students in the form of a payment. Extension of the principal therefore results in no direct expense to the institution, as it is merely a transformation of a discount that otherwise would have been granted to the student in the form of institutional aid award. Repayment of the tuition advantage funds is not required until after the student separates from the institution, such as by graduation. Upon separation and timely repayment of the first 75% of the original principal balance, the remaining 25% of the original principal is forgiven, resulting in an effective annual percentage rate of under 1.0%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Joseph P. Moorer, JR., James B. Johnston
  • Patent number: 6866859
    Abstract: An article including a surface having a coating thereon, in which the coating includes a base coat, firmly adhered to the surface, and a hydrophilic, biocompatible top-coat. An antibiotic ceramic component is dispersed in one or both of the base coat and top-coat. Preferably, the ceramic component is dispersed in the base coat. In a preferred embodiment, the ceramic component is a zeolite with silver ions exchanged onto internal acidic sites of the zeolite, and the top-coat includes a polysaccharide, such as hyaluronan. The zeolite is highly effective in imparting anti-microbial character to the coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignees: Biocoat Incorporated, AgION Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Trogolo, James B. Johnston, Elizabeth A. Pastecki, Elizabeth Pervin, Amy Stahl, Mark Hyman
  • Publication number: 20020068093
    Abstract: An article including a surface having a coating thereon, in which the coating includes a base coat, firmly adhered to the surface, and a hydrophilic, biocompatible top-coat. An antibiotic ceramic component is dispersed in one or both of the base coat and top-coat. Preferably, the ceramic component is dispersed in the base coat. In a preferred embodiment, the ceramic component is a zeolite with silver ions exchanged onto internal acidic sites of the zeolite, and the top-coat includes a polysaccharide, such as hyaluronan. The zeolite is highly effective in imparting anti-microbial character to the coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Applicant: Biocoat Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Trogolo, James B. Johnston, Elizabeth A. Pastecki, Elizabeth Pervin, Amy Stahl, Mark Hyman
  • Patent number: 5555980
    Abstract: A collapsible palletized container is provided including a base with individual sidewalls extending upward therefrom and a lid. The base includes grooves thereon which receive tongues attached to lower edges of the sidewalls. The tongues are angled so that the sidewalls are pivoted into position adjacent the base. The tongues and grooves are configured to prevent vertical translation of the sidewalls away from the base. Each sidewall includes two side edges including joints thereon to hold adjacent sidewalls together thereby obviating the need for girding straps to resist forces exerted horizontally by loads within the container. The sidewalls include ribs to reinforce the sidewalls. The lid connects to the sidewalls with clips connected therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Johnson's Trading Post, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Johnston, James S. Tyler, Guy C. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 5323911
    Abstract: A collapsible, palletized bin container is provided which has separate compartments therewithin. Each compartment is designed to house a separate fluid-filled bag. Dividers are located within the container which form the discrete compartments. Each divider has tabs which are received within notches in sidewalls of the container. The notches allow the sidewalls to bow slightly outward while still maintaining a tight seal with the tabs. The container is collapsible to a substantially smaller volume for transport when empty and a bar, chain and hook assembly is provided for easy removal of the fluid-filled bags when sliding the bags out of the compartments of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: The Morning Star Packing Co.
    Inventors: James B. Johnston, Christopher J. Rufer, Gordon K. Gardner, Jr., Joseph Pimentel, Jr., Verdis Upton, III
  • Patent number: 5126247
    Abstract: Oxygen-independent methods, systems and devices for the enzymatic colorimetric assay and detection of biochemical analytes. Two systems are described, both of which produce less than one equivalent of dye per equivalent of substrate, maintaining dye concentrations in the range where Beer's law predicts a linear color-concentration relationship. One system produces an analog color signal from an analog analyte input, the other system produces a digital color signal from an analog analyte input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Enzymatics, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Palmer, James B. Johnston, Marsha W. Timmerman
  • Patent number: 4843844
    Abstract: A knit sock, especially for jogging or other athletic activity, has a foot portion which includes an inner ply having a first inner surface formed to make relatively high frictional contact with the skin of the wearer and a second, outer surface having relatively low frictional characteristics. The inner ply is inserted within and fixed to an outer ply which includes a first inner surface having relatively low frictional characteristics disposed adjacent said second surface of said first ply and a second, outer surface having a relatively high frictional surface adapted to make contact with the interior of a shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Foster-Boyd, Inc.
    Inventors: David F. Hursh, James B. Johnston
  • Patent number: 4615188
    Abstract: A knit sock, especially for jogging or other athletic activity, has a foot portion consisting of a first inner layer or ply disposed inside a second outer layer or ply. The first ply of the foot portion has an inner surface adapted to contact the skin formed principally of yarns having high frictional characteristics, high thermal conductivity, and low moisture regain (hydrophobic). Its opposed surface is formed principally of yarns having relatively low frictional characteristics. The second ply has an inner surface which has low frictional characteristics and its outer surface is formed of yarns having relatively high frictional characteristics and high moisture regain (hydrophilic). The latter surface may also be formed with terry loops to enhance its shock-absorbing construction as well as to increase its moisture absorbing capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Assignee: Foster-Boyd, Inc.
    Inventors: David F. Hursh, James B. Johnston, Frank Ko, Jeffrey W. Bruner