Patents by Inventor James P. Gardner

James P. Gardner 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: 10654078
    Abstract: A method of removing an unwanted constituent from a siliceous surface in which the method includes contacting the siliceous surface and the unwanted constituent with a multi-functional composition that includes water, a hydrophilic silane, and a surfactant, and drying the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin A. Riddle, Terry R. Hobbs, David D. Lu, Andrew S. D'Souza, Naiyong Jing, James P. Gardner, Jr., Yifan Zang, Zachary J. Malmberg, Milind B Sabade
  • Patent number: 10544596
    Abstract: An anti-slip, liquid management cover article for a flooring surface. The article includes a film defining a working face. A microstructured surface is formed at the working face, and includes a plurality of primary ridges and capillary microchannels each having a bottom surface. Each primary ridge is an elongated body having a length. A shape of a portion of at least one of the primary ridges is non-uniform in a direction of the length. The capillary microchannels facilitate spontaneous wicking of liquid. With this construction, the non-uniform shape establishes an elevated coefficient of friction at the working face as measured in multiple directions. The cover article minimizes the risk of pedestrian slippage, even in the presence of water or other liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven P Swanson, Kurt J Halverson, James P. Gardner, Jr., Lauren K Carlson, Jonathan C Dilley
  • Publication number: 20190133403
    Abstract: In one example, a scouring article comprises: a backing layer having opposed first and second major surfaces; and a visually discernable functional material provided on at least one of the first and second major surfaces; wherein the functional material comprises a resin, and further wherein the functional material is configured to communicate information to a user of the scouring article regarding an intended end-use application of the scouring article. In another example, an abrasive article comprises: a pad having a scrubbing surface; and a plurality of shaped abrasive structures disposed on the scrubbing surface; wherein the plurality of shaped abrasive structures are arranged to provide an indication regarding a characteristic of the abrasive structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew W. Gorrell, David C. Raithel, Lauren K. Carlson, James P. Gardner, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190117035
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a cleaning apparatus are disclosed. The cleaning apparatus can have a working surface that is configured to interface with a cleaning surface. The cleaning apparatus can include a first material and a second material. The first material can have an open lofty structure with an adhesive on a surface which comprises at least a portion of the working surface of the cleaning apparatus. The first material configured to collect debris. The second material can be coupled to the first material and can have a sorbent structure configured to sorb a liquid from the cleaning surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. Schmitz, Elias H. Ramirez-Hernandez, Kim C. Sachs, Jr., James P. Gardner, Jr., John C. Schultz
  • Publication number: 20190104918
    Abstract: A nonwoven hand pad includes a substrate having first and second opposed major surfaces wherein the first major surface includes a first functional region configured for a first cleaning operation, and the second major surface includes at least two functional regions configured for second and third cleaning operations. A method of cleaning using such a pad is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Lauren K. Carlson, James P. Gardner, Jr., Mark D. Hunter, Robert J. Maki, James P. Endle
  • Publication number: 20190015875
    Abstract: A scouring pad includes a nonwoven substrate having first and second opposed major surfaces wherein the plan view shape of the scouring pad is a polygon wherein each internal angle is at least about 80 degrees and at least one internal angle is at least about 110 degrees and no greater than about 130 degrees. A method of scouring using such a scouring pad is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: James P. GARDNER ,Jr., Lauren K. CARLSON
  • Publication number: 20180126426
    Abstract: A method of removing an unwanted constituent from a siliceous surface in which the method includes contacting the siliceous surface and the unwanted constituent with a multi-functional composition that includes water, a hydrophilic silane, and a surfactant, and drying the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Justin A. Riddle, Terry R. Hobbs, David D. Lu, Andrew S. D'Souza, Naiyong Jing, James P. Gardner, JR., Yifan Zang, Zachary J. Malmberg, Milind B Sabade
  • Patent number: 9895722
    Abstract: A method of removing an unwanted constituent from a siliceous surface in which the method includes contacting the siliceous surface and the unwanted constituent with a multi-functional composition that includes water, a hydrophilic silane, and a surfactant, and drying the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin A. Riddle, Terry R. Hobbs, David D. Lu, Andrew S. D'Souza, Naiyong Jing, James P. Gardner, Jr., Yifan Zhang, Zachary J. Malmberg, Milind B. Sabade
  • Publication number: 20180038116
    Abstract: An anti-slip, liquid management cover article for a flooring surface. The article includes a film defining a working face. A microstructured surface is formed at the working face, and includes a plurality of primary ridges and capillary microchannels each having a bottom surface. Each primary ridge is an elongated body having a length. A shape of a portion of at least one of the primary ridges is non-uniform in a direction of the length. The capillary microchannels facilitate spontaneous wicking of liquid. With this construction, the non-uniform shape establishes an elevated coefficient of friction at the working face as measured in multiple directions. The cover article minimizes the risk of pedestrian slippage, even in the presence of water or other liquids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Steven P Swanson, Kurt J Halverson, James P. Gardner, JR., Lauren K Carlson, Jonathan C Dilley
  • Patent number: 9518245
    Abstract: Compositions and uses thereof to clean and/or rinse tableware, wherein the compositions include a sulfonated silane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: James P. Gardner, Jr., Zachary J. Malmberg, Justin A. Riddle
  • Publication number: 20150166935
    Abstract: Compositions and uses thereof to clean and/or rinse tableware, wherein the compositions include a sulfonated silane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: James P. Gardner, Jr., Zachary J. Malmberg, Justin A. Riddle
  • Publication number: 20140060583
    Abstract: A method of removing an unwanted constituent from a siliceous surface in which the method includes contacting the siliceous surface and the unwanted constituent with a multi-functional composition that includes water, a hydrophilic silane, and a surfactant, and drying the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin A. Riddle, Terry R. Hobbs, David D. Lu, Andrew S. D'Souza, Naiyong Jing, James P. Gardner, JR.
  • Patent number: 8635806
    Abstract: A reporting system for collecting, communicating and analyzing information from a plurality of pest monitoring locations is disclosed. The monitored locations include activity sensing pest devices. These devices can include traps and/or passive and active monitoring devices not having a trapping or killing functionality. While traps may constitute the majority of activity sensing pest devices in a given pest control program, devices which only monitor pest activity may be preferred in some locations and applications. The system includes automatic reporting from the plurality of activity sensing pest devices and also includes physical inspection data. Preferably an automatic real-time communication system is used, with the preferred communication system being a radio-frequency (RF) or other over-the-air system. However, hardwired systems, use of a personal digital assistant (PDA) as an interim data carrier, and other technologies may also be employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Gardner, Jr., Stephen X. Skaff, Kraig S. Lund, David N. Demattia, Louis Mark Holzman
  • Patent number: 8162175
    Abstract: A data processing system is used to manage and track use of chemical product in a washing machine. A detergent dispenser distributes the chemical products (e.g., detergent, rinse agent, and bleach) to the washing machine. The dispenser includes a monitor that detects dispenser data based on distribution of the chemical product by the dispenser. A database is coupled to the dispenser and stores an account identifier and an alignment identifier in association with the dispenser data of the dispenser. The database further stores corporate data in association with the dispenser data, the account identifier, and the alignment identifier. An analysis application analyzes the dispenser data in relation with the corporate data to characterize use of the chemical product in the chemical application system and provide a feedback loop. The analysis application can limit its analysis to data associated with a given account identifier or a given alignment identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Gardner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7794165
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system for applying floor finish. The system can include a back or other pack configured to hold one or more containers of liquid floor finish, a wand applicator, and metering valve. The wand applicator can include handle and conduit. The conduit can provide fluid communication of floor finish from the container to a floor. The metering valve can be configured to controllably provide fluid communication of floor finish through the conduit and to release floor finish onto the floor. In an embodiment the system also includes a cleanout coupler. In an embodiment the system also includes a filter configured to filter the floor finish. In an embodiment, the backpack includes a grip configured for carrying the backpack. In an embodiment, the backpack includes positioning portion or surface configured to support portions of the container. In an embodiment, the backpack includes padded attachment apparatus configured to support the backpack on a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Balz, Wesley Nelson, Brian Carlson, Darren Jahnke, James P. Gardner, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090192763
    Abstract: A reporting system for collecting, communicating and analyzing information from a plurality of pest monitoring locations is disclosed. The monitored locations include activity sensing pest devices. These devices can include traps and/or passive and active monitoring devices not having a trapping or killing functionality. While traps may constitute the majority of activity sensing pest devices in a given pest control program, devices which only monitor pest activity may be preferred in some locations and applications. The system includes automatic reporting from the plurality of activity sensing pest devices and also includes physical inspection data. Preferably an automatic real-time communication system is used, with the preferred communication system being a radio-frequency (RF) or other over-the-air system. However, hardwired systems, use of a personal digital assistant (PDA) as an interim data carrier, and other technologies may also be employed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: James P. Gardner, JR., Stephen X. Skaff, Kraig S. Lund, David N. Demattia, Louis Mark Holzman
  • Patent number: 7509770
    Abstract: A reporting system collects, communicates and analyzes information from a plurality of pest monitoring locations. The monitored locations include activity sensing pest devices. These devices can include traps and/or passive and active monitoring devices not having a trapping or killing functionality. The system includes automatic reporting from the plurality of activity sensing pest devices and also includes physical inspection data. Preferably an automatic real-time communication system is used, with the preferred communication system being a radio-frequency (RF) or other over-the-air system. However, hardwired systems, use of a personal digital assistant (PDA) as an interim data carrier, and other technologies may also be employed. Manual input devices for providing the additional physical inspection data on the activity sensing pest device parameters and a computer based report generator (of the resulting combined data) provide for a robust and efficient pest monitoring and/or trapping tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Gardner, Jr., Stephen X. Skaff, Kraig S. Lund, David N. Demattia, Louis Mark Holzman
  • Patent number: 7232272
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system for applying floor finish. The system can include a back or other pack configured to hold one or more containers of liquid floor finish, a wand applicator, and metering valve. The wand applicator can include handle and conduit. The conduit can provide fluid communication of floor finish from the container to a floor. The metering valve can be configured to controllably provide fluid communication of floor finish through the conduit and to release floor finish onto the floor. In an embodiment the system also includes a cleanout coupler. In an embodiment the system also includes a filter configured to filter the floor finish. In an embodiment, the backpack includes a grip configured for carrying the backpack. In an embodiment, the backpack includes positioning portion or surface configured to support portions of the container. In an embodiment, the backpack includes padded attachment apparatus configured to support the backpack on a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Balz, Wesley Nelson, Brian Carlson, Darren Jahnke, James P. Gardner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7071829
    Abstract: A non-destructive flying insect detector is disclosed. The detector creates a sheet or curtain of light comprising a sensing zone and detects, by means of light extinction, individual flying insects that intersect the sensing zone. The sensing zone is created by a beam of light that enters the sensing zone area and is then bounced between opposing reflective surfaces. Preferably a laser is utilized to generate the beam of light. The beam of light leaves the sensing zone area and is incident on a light detection device (such as a photo cell) connected to an amplifier circuit. The light detection device monitors the light intensity and is arranged and configured to detect changes in the light intensity. The changes are electronically converted to a pest detection signal and/or to a flying insect count. Each flying pest detection signal may also be associated with other monitored data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Gardner, Jr., David N. Demattia
  • Patent number: 6937156
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for capacitively sensing one or more pests is disclosed. The detector may be employed as either a passive detector and/or as a part of a combined detector and trap. The sensor system includes at least two sensor electrodes and a capacitance sensing circuit. When a non-capacitive object, such as a pest, approaches the sensor electrodes, the capacitance of the sensor electrodes increases due to the object having a higher dielectric constant than air. A capacitance sensing circuit detects the increased capacitance and provides an output signal that a pest has entered the area being monitored. The capacitance sensing circuit may also be constructed to measure the change in the electrode in order to determine the size and/or type of pest based on a characteristic change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Gardner, Jr., Louis Mark Holzman, Kraig S. Lund, Stephen X. Skaff