Patents by Inventor James D. Davis

James D. Davis 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: 10386545
    Abstract: The present invention relates to ionic silicone hydrogel polymers displaying improved lysozyme uptake, low contact angle and reduced water soluble polymeric ammonium salt uptake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Shivkumar Mahadevan, Zohra Fadli, Charles Scales, Thomas Maggio, Kunisi Venkatasubban, Eric R. George, James D. Ford, Carrie L. Davis, Leah Hansen, Scott L. Joslin
  • Patent number: 7862633
    Abstract: A system and method for creating reformate with decreased carbon deposition. The system is made up of a steam source, a superheater, a fuel injection device, a prereformer, and a reformer with catalyst linings. The system functions to superheat steam while maintaining the fuel at a lower temperature prior to injection and mixing with the steam. After injection and mixing, the steam and fuel mixture is then passed through a prereformer where catalysts treat a portion of the fuel and steam mixture. After these portions are treated with a catalyst, the mixture is passed through to a reformer where further treatment of the material by catalyst takes place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Greg A. Whyatt, Christopher M. Fischer, James D. Davis
  • Publication number: 20080253944
    Abstract: A system and method for creating reformate with decreased carbon deposition. The system is made up of a steam source, a superheater, a fuel injection device, a prereformer, and a reformer with catalyst linings. The system functions to superheat steam while maintaining the fuel at a lower temperature prior to injection and mixing with the steam. After injection and mixing, the steam and fuel mixture is then passed through a prereformer where catalysts treat a portion of the fuel and steam mixture. After these portions are treated with a catalyst, the mixture is passed through to a reformer where further treatment of the material by catalyst takes place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Greg A. Whyatt, Christopher M. Fischer, James D. Davis
  • Patent number: 7231331
    Abstract: A method for predicting the location of stress corrosion cracking in a steel gas pipeline in which in-line stress corrosion cracking smart tool data, external low level metal loss data and soil characterization data are compiled to predict the location of stress corrosion cracking in a steel gas pipeline segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Kinder Morgan, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Davis
  • Patent number: 7013249
    Abstract: A method for predicting the location of stress corrosion cracking in a steel gas pipeline in which in-line stress corrosion cracking smart tool data, external low level metal loss data and soil characterization data are compiled to predict the location of stress corrosion cracking in a steel gas pipeline segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Kinder Morgan, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Davis
  • Patent number: 6976262
    Abstract: A transport neutral technique allows an object manager to communicate with a CIM repository using any of a variety of protocols. The object manager software is independent of the transport mechanism used and need not be changed if the transport mechanism changes. A computer system to be managed includes a CIM object manager and any number of provider APIs that provide resource information about the computer system. A CIM repository stores classes and instances used by the object manager. A remote application computer runs a software management application that communicates with the object manager of the computer system using a local client API. A Repository API of the object manager includes an interface definition defining all methods called by the object manager. Also included is a protocol-specific class that implements the interface definition; there is a protocol-specific class for each protocol desired to be supported. Each class implements methods using a specific protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Davis, Thomas V. Johnson, Charles C. Ting
  • Patent number: 6812466
    Abstract: In an infrared obstruction detection system, an apparatus is used to detect the presence of ambient light and initiate compensation to minimize the effects of the ambient light on the performance of the system. In one embodiment, the magnitude of the ambient light is measured and an offset proportional to that magnitude is fed to the obstruction detection system such that the data indicative of an obstacle are not obscured. In another embodiment, the apparatus continually monitors the effect of ambient light and adjusts the obstacle detection information during the changing states of the ambient light detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Prospects, Corp.
    Inventors: Christopher J. O'Connor, James D. Davis, Jr., Todd R. Vernaz, Stephen A. Hawley
  • Patent number: 6720884
    Abstract: An obstacle detection system for vehicular environments including a monitoring sensor system and a mounting system is disclosed. An installer can make aiming adjustments, in the factory or field, to account for tolerance stack-up. The system includes a housing for mounting the monitoring sensor system to minimize cross-talk and interference between transmitter and receiver sections, to limit sensor system movement, and to enable gross and fine aiming adjustments. In one embodiment, a circuit board is disposed within a cradle assembly which, in turn, is mounted in or integral to the housing to position the obstacle detection sensor as necessary. The cradle in one embodiment is an enclosure for the circuit board. The sensor housing is mounted to the interior vehicle trim, door panel, and/or door sheet metal and ensures consistent mounting regardless of interior trim or factory installation variations. Integral adjustment mechanisms are incorporated for adjusting the orientation of the sensor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Prospects, Corp.
    Inventors: Christopher J. O'Connor, James D. Davis, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040056199
    Abstract: In an infrared obstruction detection system, an apparatus is used to detect the presence of ambient light and initiate compensation to minimize the effects of the ambient light on the performance of the system. In one embodiment, the magnitude of the ambient light is measured and an offset proportional to that magnitude is fed to the obstruction detection system such that the data indicative of an obstacle are not obscured. In another embodiment, the apparatus continually monitors the effect of ambient light and adjusts the obstacle detection information during the changing states of the ambient light detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventors: Christopher J. O'Connor, James D. Davis, Todd R. Vernaz, Stephen A. Hawley
  • Patent number: 6535929
    Abstract: Communication between application programs is facilitated by a virtual device driver to which the application programs make function calls. The device driver registers each application in response to a request for application-to-application communication. During registration, the device driver determines the addressing mode of the application being registered. An address mapping operation is performed and the results of the mapping operation along with other information about the application are stored in a data store administered by the kernel of the device driver. The device driver allows two applications of dissimilar addressing mode to communicate with one another without a priori knowledge of the communicating partner's addressing mode. The virtual device driver handles communication transparently for the communicating applications, allowing the applications to send and receive data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Provino, James D. Davis, Marc S. Dye
  • Publication number: 20020101694
    Abstract: An obstacle detection system for vehicular environments including a monitoring sensor system and a mounting system is disclosed. An installer can make aiming adjustments, in the factory or field, to account for tolerance stack-up. The system includes a housing for mounting the monitoring sensor system to minimize cross-talk and interference between transmitter and receiver sections, to limit sensor system movement, and to enable gross and fine aiming adjustments. In one embodiment, a circuit board is disposed within a cradle assembly which, in turn, is mounted in or integral to the housing to position the obstacle detection sensor as necessary. The cradle in one embodiment is an enclosure for the circuit board. The sensor housing is mounted to the interior vehicle trim, door panel, and/or door sheet metal and ensures consistent mounting regardless of interior trim or factory installation variations. Integral adjustment mechanisms are incorporated for adjusting the orientation of the sensor system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventors: Christopher J. O'Connor, James D. Davis
  • Patent number: 5342159
    Abstract: An access and support apparatus for loading and unloading gondola railroad cars using a crane-type crawler, which system includes a trailer-mounted ramp for disposition in close proximity to a gondola railroad car and multiple pallets adapted for spanning the top width of the gondola railroad car and supporting tile crane-type crawler. The crane-type crawler is unloaded from the trailer and traverses the ramp to the pallets. In a first preferred embodiment the pallets are characterized by fixed pallets having no adjustable feature. In a second preferred embodiment the pallets are adjustable to accommodate a characteristic bulge in the center of the gondola railroad cars for a higher degree of safety. The pallets are typically sequentially moved from the rear to the front of the crane-type crawler as the crawler loads or unloads tile gondola railroad cars and traverses the length of the cars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Inventors: Bobby G. Warren, Jr., James D. Davis
  • Patent number: 5320474
    Abstract: An access and support apparatus for loading and unloading gondola railroad cars using a crane-type crawler, which system includes a trailer-mounted ramp for disposition in close proximity to a gondola railroad car and multiple pallets adapted for spanning the top width of the gondola railroad car and supporting the crane-type crawler. The crane-type crawler is unloaded from the trailer and traverses the ramp to the pallets. In a first preferred embodiment the pallets are characterized by fixed pallets having no adjustable feature. In a second preferred embodiment the pallets are adjustable to accommodate a characteristic bulge in the center of the gondola railroad cars for a higher degree of safety. The pallets are typically sequentially moved from the rear to the front of the crane-type crawler as the crawler loads or unloads the gondola railroad cars and traverses the length of the cars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventors: Bobby G. Warren, Jr., James D. Davis
  • Patent number: 5183369
    Abstract: An access and support apparatus for loading and unloading gondola railroad cars using a crane-type crawler, which system includes a trailer-mounted ramp for disposition in close proximity to a gondola railroad car and multiple pallets adapted for spanning the top width of the gondola railroad car and supporting the crane-type crawler. The crane-type crawler is unloaded from the trailer and traverses the ramp to the pallets. In a first preferred embodiment the pallets are characterized by fixed pallets having no adjustable feature. In a second preferred embodiment the pallets are adjustable to accommodate a characteristic bulge in the center of the gondola railroad cars for a higher degree of safety. The pallets are typically sequentially moved from the rear to the front of the crane-type crawler as the crawler loads or unloads the gondola railroad cars and traverses the length of the cars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Inventors: Bobby G. Warren, Jr., James D. Davis
  • Patent number: 5022702
    Abstract: An upper rail for large curtainside truck-trailers comprises a double vertical web structure joined at the top by a horizontal plate that extends beyond the outer web to the outside of the trailer roof anad beyond the inner web for increased support of the roof sheets. Simultaneous with providing the trolley way for the curtainside trolleys, the double vertical web provides the necessary stiffness and load carrying capacity within a 3 inch depth, top to bottom, rail for a 48 foot truck trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Inventors: Martin L. Straub, James D. Davis
  • Patent number: 4938524
    Abstract: A semi-truck trailer gooseneck assembly comprises a single curved plate extending transversely between and beyond the twin parallel longitudinal girders to form a single lower flange. The curved plate extends from the assembly supporting the floor over the fifth wheel and connecting the king pin to the trailer. The rear portion of the curved plate extends to the horizontal flat lower flanges of the twin girders extending substantially the length of the trailer. The result is a structure of increased strength and moment of inertia permitting the web depth of the gooseneck to be substantially decreased.The rear corner post comprises a two piece welded assembly wherein the major section is substantially an elongated "S" and the minor section "L" shaped. The shapes are welded together to form a hollow center portion and a pocket portion. The "L" section forms a contact for the rear door and the pocket engages the curtain to enable the curtain to be fully tightened when closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Inventors: Gerald J. Straub, Martin L. Straub, David A. Logan, James D. Davis
  • Patent number: D395837
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Penline Production L.L.C.
    Inventor: James D. Davis, Jr.