Patents by Inventor James Hughes

James Hughes 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: 20110278014
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a jet pump assembly affixed to a riser string and to a blowout preventer. The jet pump assembly comprises a conduit and a sealing assembly configured to accelerate a drilling fluid's return flow by a power fluid delivered by an umbilical connected to the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Jack Everett Miller
  • Patent number: 8028750
    Abstract: Force balancing adjusts hydraulic fluid pressure in an upper piston area of a Rotating Pressure Control Device (RPCD) that has an inner housing rotatably engaged within an outer housing by an upper bearing and a lower bearing. The hydraulic fluid pressure is adjusted to balance net force in a upper piston area and a lower piston area. The fluid pressure adjustment creates a force differential that balances the total load transmitted through the upper bearing and the lower bearing and thereby extends the life of the sealing element and bearings. Additionally, a wear indicator signals the end of the useful life of the drill pipe sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Sunstone Corporation
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Murl Ray Richardson, Thomas L. Pettigrew, Kurt D. Vandervort, Kenneth D. Young
  • Publication number: 20110180273
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first number of splines located near a first end of a first joint section and a second number of splines located near a second end of a second joint section. The first number of splines extends in an axial direction of the first joint section and spans a circumferential surface of the first joint section. Each of the first number of splines has a base, a tip, and a pair of flanks that extends from the base to the tip and forms an acute angle. Each of the first number of splines are configured to be received between adjacent pairs of splines in the second number of splines as the first end of the first joint section and the second end of the second joint section are joined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: SUNSTONE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Bryan Lane, Gary Marshall Briggs
  • Patent number: 7981379
    Abstract: The invention uses a feed of atmospheric air and mixes the air with hydrogen. The hydrogen and air mixture is fed into a catalytic reactor where a deoxygenation reaction occurs. The deoxygenation reaction uses a platinum catalyst to produce water from oxygen and hydrogen. The nitrogen passes through the catalytic reactor without reacting with the hydrogen, the oxygen, or the water. The water is separated from the nitrogen in a dryer. The nitrogen may then be used in drilling and production operations. The water is fed into an electrolyzer where an electrolysis reaction occurs. The electrolyzer passes an electrical current through the water to produce gaseous oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen is recycled back to the catalytic reactor and the oxygen may be vented or sold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Sunstone Corporation
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Mark Dunbar
  • Patent number: 7967155
    Abstract: A rack for an appliance that can stack upon another rack. The rack includes a support platform having a support frame and a plurality of elongated support wires that form a support surface. The rack also includes a plurality of downwardly depending leg sections that can include a shoulder portion and a foot portion located below the shoulder portion. The rack also includes at least one cross member that can cooperate with the support platform to form a reception area that can receive a foot portion of a superjacent rack. In addition or alternatively, at least one reception area can be located vertically above a foot portion. In addition or alternatively, each foot portion includes an upturned portion. In addition or alternatively, the shoulder portion can enable the rack to be supported by a subjacent rack located within an interior cavity of an appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa Carolina Klingspor, Maureen Donoho, James Hughes
  • Publication number: 20110108590
    Abstract: An adjustable width headache rack capable of accommodating the widths of multiple pick-up truck vehicles and mounting thereon including a frame member having an upper load bar and a lower cross bar each extending between two upright members spaced a distance from one another. Leg members extend from each upright member in a rearward direction on top of bed rails of the pick-up truck. The leg members have a sleeve portion which slidingly engages the lower cross bar thereby enabling width adjustment. Screen members are interchangeable within the truck rack frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Neil J. Kennedy, Andrew James Hughes, John Laverack, Douglas B. Winner
  • Patent number: 7937821
    Abstract: There is provided a blind rivet including an axially extending hollow tubular body having a tail end face at one end and a pre-formed radially enlarged flange at the other end, together with a mandrel having a stem which extends co-axially though the body and having enlarged head adjacent the tail end of the body, the stem having a weakened region immediately adjacent the head. There is also provided a method of fastening at least two workpieces using such a blind rivet, including providing the blind side of the workpieces with a countersunk region to accommodate the conically deformed tail end of the body after setting, substantially flush therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Steven V. Jones, Stephen Morris, James Hughes
  • Publication number: 20110066895
    Abstract: Methods and systems for implementing such methods for providing server fault notifications, diagnostic and system management information may include, but are not limited to: receiving a network fault status request input; illuminating one or more server node fault indicators for one or more degraded server nodes having one or more faults; receiving a server node fault status request input for a degraded server node having one or more faults; and displaying one or more diagnostic service notifications for one or more faults of the degraded server node. The displaying of the diagnostic service notifications may allow for the completion of various service operations associated with the service notifications once the information specific to a fault is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Windell, Pravin Patel, James Hughes, Christopher West, Robert Piper, Timothy Schlude
  • Patent number: 7878344
    Abstract: A rack for an appliance includes a main section including a frame adapted to be supported within a cavity of an appliance, and a primary platform area. The rack also includes an auxiliary section having an auxiliary platform area and being adapted to be movable relative to the main section between a retracted position and an extended position. In one example, a track is coupled to the frame and the auxiliary section is movable about the track. The auxiliary section can include a support bar configured for sliding engagement with the track. In another example, the track includes a first planar support area and a second planar support area for supporting the auxiliary section. In yet another example, the rack further includes a first stop portion to maintain the auxiliary section in the extended position, and a second stop portion to maintain the auxiliary section in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Henry Martin, James Hughes, David Shadwick, James Lewis Ayers
  • Publication number: 20100299561
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for managing testing functionalities. One such method includes receiving, from a test tool, data indicative of a user-created test script, being a data-bound test script in the present example. The data-bound test script is created for testing a target application, and is bound to a predetermined data set. This received data is then processed, thereby to define data indicative of an unbound test script. A user interface is provided for allowing a user to associate the unbound test script with one or more data sets selected from a repository of stored data sets. Responsive to a user command, data indicative of a new data-bound test scripts is defined based on the association of the unbound test script with the selected one or more data sets. This new defined data-bound test script is executable via the test tool. For example, instructions are provided to the test tool such that those scripts are executed for the testing of the target application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Scott Ian Marchant, Steven James Hughes, Randy Lee
  • Publication number: 20100200213
    Abstract: Force balancing adjusts hydraulic fluid pressure in an upper piston area of a Rotating Pressure Control Device (RPCD) that has an inner housing rotatably engaged within an outer housing by an upper bearing and a lower bearing. The hydraulic fluid pressure is adjusted to balance net force in a upper piston area and a lower piston area. The fluid pressure adjustment creates a force differential that balances the total load transmitted through the upper bearing and the lower bearing and thereby extends the life of the sealing element and bearings. Additionally, a wear indicator signals the end of the useful life of the drill pipe sealing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: SUNSTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Murl Ray Richardson, Thomas L. Pettigrew, Kurt D. Vandervort, Kenneth D. Young
  • Patent number: 7743823
    Abstract: Force balancing adjusts hydraulic fluid pressure in an upper piston area of a Rotating Pressure Control Device (RPCD) that has an inner housing rotatably engaged within an outer housing by an upper bearing and a lower bearing. The hydraulic fluid pressure is adjusted to balance net force in a upper piston area and a lower piston area. The fluid pressure adjustment creates a force differential that balances the total load transmitted through the upper bearing and the lower bearing and thereby extends the life of the sealing element and bearings. Additionally, a wear indicator signals the end of the useful life of the drill pipe sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Sunstone Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Murl Ray Richardson, Thomas L. Pettigrew, Kurt D. Vandervort, Kenneth D. Young
  • Publication number: 20100139076
    Abstract: There is provided a blind rivet including an axially extending hollow tubular body having a tail end face at one end and a pre-formed radially enlarged flange at the other end, together with a mandrel having a stem which extends co-axially though the body and having enlarged head adjacent the tail end of the body, the stem having a weakened region immediately adjacent the head. There is also provided a method of fastening at least two workpieces using such a blind rivet, including providing the blind side of the workpieces with a countersunk region to accommodate the conically deformed tail end of the body after setting, substantially flush therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventors: Steven V. Jones, Stephen Morris, James Hughes
  • Publication number: 20100132382
    Abstract: The subject invention pertains to a method and apparatus for an orientation independent compressor. The subject compressor can be part of a vapor compression cycle system, and can use one or more of a variety of working fluids, including, but not limited to, refrigerants such as r-134a, r-22, CO2, and NH3. Embodiments of the compressor can utilize positive displacement means to compress the vapor. In a specific embodiment, the compressor can incorporate an oil-lubricated rotary lobed type positive displacement compressor. In a further specific embodiment, the working fluid can be a refrigerant, such as r-134a, incorporating entrained oil, such as miscible lubricating oils. An example of such a miscible lubricating oil that can be used is polyester (POE) oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Rini Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Rini, Benjamin Saarloos, Brian Zinck, Nick Williams, James Hughes
  • Patent number: D624005
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Douglas B. Winner, Andrew James Hughes, Neil J. Kennedy, John Laverack
  • Patent number: D631979
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Neil J. Kennedy, Andrew James Hughes, Joseph R. Flaherty, Thomas Joel Anderson
  • Patent number: D633431
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Neil J. Kennedy, Thomas Joel Andersen, Joseph R. Flaherty, Andrew James Hughes, John Laverack, Timothy J. Makris, Douglas B. Winner
  • Patent number: D633856
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Neil J. Kennedy, Thomas Joel Andersen, Joseph R. Flaherty, Andrew James Hughes, John Laverack, Timothy J. Makris, Douglas B. Winner
  • Patent number: D639230
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Neil J. Kennedy, Andrew James Hughes, Joseph R. Flaherty, Thomas Joel Andersen
  • Patent number: D647025
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Neil J. Kennedy, Thomas Joel Andersen, Joseph R. Flaherty, Andrew James Hughes, John Laverack, Timothy J. Makris, Douglas B. Winner