Patents by Inventor James W. Harris

James W. Harris 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: 10829698
    Abstract: A process for reducing pressure of a vapor stream used for reducing a temperature or pressure in a reactor. A pressure of a vapor stream is reduced with a turbine to provide a lower pressure vapor stream. The vapor stream rotates a turbine wheel within the turbine. The turbine wheel is configured to transmit rotational movement to an electrical generator. Thus, electricity is generated with the turbine. The lower pressure vapor stream is injected into a reactor and reduces a temperature in the reactor or reduces a partial pressure of a hydrocarbon vapor in the reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Stanley Joseph Frey, Keith Allen Couch, Donald A. Eizenga, James W. Harris
  • Publication number: 20200338538
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the preparation of pyridine derivatives, such as ?-picoline or ?-parvoline, and catalysts useful for the selective preparation of such pyridine derivatives. Particularly, the present disclosure relates to the selective preparation of certain pyridine derivative using dealuminated zeolite catalysts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Colin H. McATEER, Mirza S. BAIG, Kayla L. POWELL, James W. HARRIS, Rajamani GOUNDER
  • Patent number: 10792583
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the fractionation technology that is used to create purified phenol and acetone products. More specifically, the present invention relates to a fractionation technology that is used to create crude acetone and crude phenol streams using a dividing wall column intended to remove cumene, alpha-methyl styrene and water from the product side of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Russell C. Schulz, Chad A. Williams, James W. Harris, Nikunj Manubhai Patel
  • Publication number: 20200311591
    Abstract: A hybrid computing system for solving a computational problem includes a digital processor, a quantum processor having qubits and coupling devices that together define a working graph of the quantum processor, and at least one nontransitory processor-readable medium communicatively coupleable to the digital processor which stores at least one of processor-executable instructions or data. The digital processor receives a computational problem, and programs the quantum processor with a first set of bias fields and a first set of coupling strengths. The quantum processor generates samples as potential solutions to an approximation of the problem. The digital processor updates the approximation by determining a second set of bias fields based at least in part on the first set of bias fields and a first set of mean fields that are based at least in part on the first set of samples and coupling strengths of one or more virtual coupling devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: William W. Bernoudy, Mohammad H. Amin, James A. King, Jeremy P. Hilton, Richard G. Harris, Andrew J. Berkley, Kelly T. R. Boothby
  • Patent number: 10753235
    Abstract: Processes and apparatus for recovering energy from a petroleum, petrochemical, or chemical process are disclosed. The process comprises providing a fluid process stream in a petroleum, petrochemical, or chemical process zone having a direct current power input; controlling a flow rate of the process stream by directing at least a portion of the process stream through a first power-recovery turbine to generate electric power as direct current therefrom; and providing the recovered direct current to the direct current power input of the process zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: James W. Harris, Donald A. Eizenga, Michael Van de Cotte, David A. Wegerer
  • Patent number: 10745631
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for recovering power in a hydroprocessing process are described. The method involves the use of a power-recovery turbine in place of, or in addition to, a control valve. A hydrocarbon feed stream is combined with a portion of a hydrogen stream. The combined stream is heated, and the heated stream is introduced into a hydroprocessing reaction zone having at least two beds. The heated stream is contacted with a first hydroprocessing catalyst to form a first hydroprocessed stream. At least part of a portion of the hydrogen stream is combined with the first hydroprocessed stream to form a first quenched hydroprocessed stream. The first quenched hydroprocessed stream is contacted with a second hydroprocessing catalyst to form a second hydroprocessed stream. At least a portion of the second portion of the hydrogen stream is directed through a power-recovery turbine to generate electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Stanley Joseph Frey, James W. Harris, Michael Van de Cotte
  • Patent number: 10739798
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for detecting temperature excursion in a chemical plant or petrochemical plant or refinery. Aspects of the disclosure provide an enhanced control system for a reactor, such as in hydroprocessing. The enhanced control system may provide early warnings of impending undesirable events, directly or indirectly manipulate certain process variables to reduce undesirable outcomes, and/or directly or indirectly manipulate of certain process variables so as to place a reactor unit in a “safe park” state. This may avoid a high temperature trip, depressuration, associated operating risks, allow for faster recovery from temperature excursions, and/or avoid unplanned emergency shutdowns of the reactor, chemical process, plant, or refinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Charr, Donald Eizenga, Raul A. Ohaco, Ralph P. Davis, Christina L. Haasser, James W. Harris, Kevin Carnes, Daliah Papoutsis
  • Patent number: 10690010
    Abstract: A steam reboiler unit that includes turbines for reducing the pressure of various streams associated with the reboilers. The turbines generate electricity from the pressure reduction which can be recovered and utilized elsewhere in the processing unit. Data from the turbine associated with the amount of electrical power generated by the turbine is used to adjust other processing conditions to provide for a more efficient operation of the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: James W Harris, Stanley Joseph Frey
  • Patent number: 10668104
    Abstract: Methods and therapeutics are provided for treating metabolic disorders by increasing activation of brown adipose tissue. Generally, the methods and therapeutics can increase activation of brown adipose tissue to increase energy expenditure and induce weight loss. In one embodiment, a method for increasing activation of brown adipose tissue includes modifying brown adipocytes to express a gene that activates brown adipocytes, such as uncoupling protein 1. In another embodiment, a method for increasing brown adipose tissue activation includes increasing the number of brown adipocytes. This can be accomplished by inducing proliferation of adipocytes in vivo or expanding adipocytes ex vivo, transplanting adipocytes into brown adipose tissue depots or elsewhere and inducing differentiation of adipocyte progenitor cells, such as MSCs, adipocyte progenitor cells, pre-adipocytes and adipocyte precursor cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Lee M. Kaplan, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Jason L. Harris, Dwight Henninger, Taylor W. Aronhalt, James W. Voegele
  • Patent number: 10656873
    Abstract: Technologies for prioritized execution of storage commands by a data storage device include determining a priority of storage commands issued by a host and adding the storage commands to a queue of the data storage device based on the determined priority of the storage command. For example, the storage command issued by the host may be divided into sub-commands and added to a storage sub-command queue of the data storage device based on the determined priority of the storage command. The priority of the storage commands may be determined based on any suitable criteria including, for example, the host storage command queue storing the storage command, metadata associated with the storage command, the type or size of the storage command, and/or other aspects of the storage command, the host, and/or the data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Carroll, David Cohen, James R. Harris, Eric Dahlen
  • Patent number: 10517595
    Abstract: A surgical end effector including a first jaw that is configured to operably support a surgical staple cartridge therein and a second jaw that is movably supported relative to the first jaw between open and closed positions. A firing member is supported for axial movement within the first jaw along a shaft axis between a starting position and an ending position. A firing member lockout system is movable between an unlocked position wherein the firing member lockout system is out of engagement with the firing member and a locked position wherein the firing member lockout system is configured to prevent the firing member from being distally advanced from the starting position unless an unfired staple cartridge comprising a cam assembly that is located in an unfired position is supported within the first jaw. The firing member lockout system is configured to be moved from the unlocked position to the locked position when the second jaw is moved to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Morgan R. Hunter, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Austin E. Wise, James A. Vandewalle, Darwin L. Schultz, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Robert L. Koch, Jr., Mark D. Overmyer, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris
  • Patent number: 10502844
    Abstract: An imaging method and device are described for improving the performance of a gamma camera by optimizing a figure of merit that depends upon cost, efficiency, and spatial resolution. In a modular gamma camera comprising a tiled array of gamma detector modules, the performance figure of merit can be optimized by sparsely placing gamma detector modules within the gamma camera, optimizing collimation, and providing means for detector and/or collimator motion. Sparse gamma cameras can be constructed as flat or curved panels, and elliptical or circular rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: KROMEK GROUP, PLC
    Inventors: James W. Hugg, Brian W. Harris
  • Patent number: 10441459
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue (BAT) with cooling. Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss and/or improved metabolic function. In one embodiment, a medical device is provided that activates BAT by cooling tissue having a high density of cold sensitive thermoreceptors and/or by cooling BAT depots directly, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss and/or improved metabolic function through energy expenditure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Lee M. Kaplan, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Jason L. Harris, Dwight Henninger, James W. Voegele, Mark S. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 10441808
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue (BAT) with light. Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss and/or improved metabolic function. In one embodiment, a medical device is provided that activates BAT by using light to stimulate nerves that activate the BAT and/or to stimulate brown adipocytes directly, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss and/or improved metabolic function through energy expenditure. The light can be configured to directly or indirectly stimulate the nerves and/or the brown adipocytes. The light can be configured to indirectly stimulate the nerves and/or the brown adipocytes by activating a light activatable medium administered to a patient and configured to respond to the light to cause activation of the brown adipose tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Lee M. Kaplan, David N. Plescia, Taylor W. Aronhalt, James W. Voegele, Nicholas Stylopoulos
  • Publication number: 20190299116
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the fractionation technology that is used to create purified phenol and acetone products. More specifically, the present invention relates to a fractionation technology that is used to create crude acetone and crude phenol streams using a dividing wall column intended to remove cumene, alpha-methyl styrene and water from the product side of the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Russell C. Schulz, Chad A. Williams, James W. Harris, Nikunj Manubhai Patel
  • Publication number: 20190293522
    Abstract: A dual spray chamber apparatus is described. In one or more implementations, the dual spray chamber apparatus includes a first cyclonic spray chamber for receiving an aerosol and conditioning the aerosol to separate a first conditioned portion of the aerosol from a second portion of the aerosol. The first cyclonic spray chamber defines a first chamber interior and comprises an input port in fluid communication with the first chamber interior. The dual spray chamber apparatus also includes a second spray chamber coupled with the first cyclonic spray chamber for receiving the first conditioned portion of the aerosol and further conditioning the first conditioned portion of the aerosol. The second spray chamber defines a second chamber interior and comprises an output port for expelling a first further conditioned portion of the first conditioned portion of the aerosol from the second chamber interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel R. Wiederin, Kyle W. Uhlmeyer, James W. Harris
  • Publication number: 20190284950
    Abstract: Processes for controlling at least one process condition of a chemical processing unit with a turbine. In the processes, a flow of a fluid is adjusted with a turbine in order to provide the fluid with a flow associated with at least one process condition of a chemical processing unit. The turbine wheel is rotated within the turbine, and the turbine wheel is configured to transmit rotational movement to an electrical generator. The resistance of the turbine is modulated and adjusts the flow of the fluid through the turbine. A response time of at least one steady state process condition to a new steady state process condition of at least 10% difference is at least one second to reach 50% of the difference between the at least one steady state process condition and the new steady state process condition after modulating the resistance of the turbine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Stanley Joseph Frey, James W. Harris
  • Publication number: 20190284966
    Abstract: Processes and apparatus for recovering energy from a petroleum, petrochemical, or chemical process are disclosed. The process comprises providing a fluid process stream in a petroleum, petrochemical, or chemical process zone having a direct current power input; controlling a flow rate of the process stream by directing at least a portion of the process stream through a first power-recovery turbine to generate electric power as direct current therefrom; and providing the recovered direct current to the direct current power input of the process zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: James W. Harris, Donald A. Eizenga, Michael Van de Cotte, David A. Wegerer
  • Publication number: 20190286081
    Abstract: A process for reducing pressure of a vapor stream wherein the vapor stream rotates a turbine wheel within the turbine to transmit rotational movement to an electrical generator and generate electricity. The resulting lower pressure vapor stream reduces a partial pressure of a hydrocarbon vapor or is injected into a reactor to reduce a temperature in the reactor. A recovered electric power measuring system comprises at least one processor; at least one memory storing computer-executable instructions; and at least one receiver configured to receive data from a sensor on an electrical powerline connected to a generator of a turbine, the turbine in fluid communication with a vapor stream wherein the turbine reduces the pressure of the vapor stream and the resulting lower pressure vapor stream is injected into a reactor to reduce a temperature in the reactor or to reduce a partial pressure of hydrocarbon vapor in the reactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Stanley J. Frey, Keith A. Couch, Donald A. Eizenga, James W. Harris, Thomas A. Ebner
  • Patent number: D895627
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Molly Anderson, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Marine C. Bataille, Jeremy Bataillou, James A. Bertin, Markus Diebel, M. Evans Hankey, Jesse P. Harris, Simon C. Helmore, Julian Hoenig, Lee E. Hooton, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Julian Jaede, Daniel W. Jarvis, Duncan Robert Kerr, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Mikael Silvanto, Ian A. Spraggs, Sung-Ho Tan, Clement Tissandier, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer