Patents by Inventor John Atwood

John Atwood 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: 20220414567
    Abstract: A vehicle scheduling system includes a server that, responsive to receiving a charge request for a vehicle, generate output identifying a list of business entities within a predefined maximum distance of a target charging station that are ranked according to a match with a user profile associated with the vehicle and an incentive offer from at least one of the business entities. The server also, responsive to receiving input selecting one of the business entities, place a reservation with the one of the business entities according to an estimated time of arrival of the vehicle at the one of the business entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 29, 2022
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Atwood WHITAKER, John Houman KOUHSARI
  • Patent number: 9057156
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method for increasing brightness of pulp, wherein the method includes: contacting a pulp slurry with chlorine dioxide in a final D (ClO2) bleaching stage; and adding a brightening additive to the final D bleaching stage after at least a portion of the chlorine dioxide has been consumed, in an amount sufficient to increase brightness of the pulp; wherein the brightening additive is an inorganic compound chosen from hypochlorous acid, one or more precursor compounds that form hypochlorous acid in said final D bleaching stage, or a mixture thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SKZO NOBEL CHEMICALS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Douglas W. Reid, John Atwood, Scott Carmichael, Daniel Connell
  • Patent number: 8621574
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide communication control features and functionality, but are not so limited. In an embodiment, a computing environment includes an access control component that can use a number of access states to control access to computing data and/or services. In one embodiment, a server computer can control access to data and/or services using a number of access states including, but not limited to: an allowed state, a blocked state, a device discovery state, and/or a quarantined state. Other embodiments are available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Juan V. Esteve Balducci, John Atwood, Zhike Kong, Ying Zhang, Sergey B. Plakhotnyuk
  • Publication number: 20130269891
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method for increasing brightness of pulp, wherein the method includes: contacting a pulp slurry with chlorine dioxide in a final D (ClO2) bleaching stage; and adding a brightening additive to the final D bleaching stage after at least a portion of the chlorine dioxide has been consumed, in an amount sufficient to increase brightness of the pulp; wherein the brightening additive is an inorganic compound chosen from hypochlorous acid, one or more precursor compounds that form hypochlorous acid in said final D bleaching stage, or a mixture thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Akzo Nobel Chemicals International B.V.
    Inventors: Douglas W. Reid, John Atwood, Scott Carmichael, Daniel Connell
  • Publication number: 20120309103
    Abstract: A luminescence detecting apparatus and method for analyzing luminescent samples is disclosed. Luminescent samples are placed in a plurality of sample wells in a tray, and the tray is placed in a visible-light impervious chamber containing a charge coupled device camera. The samples may be injected in the wells, and the samples may be injected with buffers and reagents, by an injector. In the chamber, light from the luminescent samples pass through a collimator, a Fresnel field lens, a filter, and a camera lens, whereupon a focused image is created by the optics on the charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. The use of a Fresnel field lens, in combination with a collimator and filter, reduces crosstalk between samples below the level attainable by the prior art. Preferred embodiments of the luminescence detecting apparatus and method disclosed include central processing control of all operations, multiple wavelength filter wheel, and robot handling of samples and reagents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Gambini, John C. Voyta, John Atwood, Susan A. Atwood-Stone, Bruce E. DeSimas, II, Edward Lakatos, Jeff Levi, Israel Metal, George Sabak, Yongdong Wang
  • Patent number: 8278114
    Abstract: A luminescence detecting apparatus and method for analyzing luminescent samples is disclosed. A detecting apparatus may be configured so that light from luminescent samples pass through a collimator, a a first lens, a filter, and a camera lens, whereupon an image is created by the optics on the charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. The detecting apparatus may further include central processing control of all operations, multiple wavelength filter wheel, and/or a robot for handling of samples and reagents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Gambini, Jeff Levi, John Voyta, John Atwood, Susan Atwood-Stone, legal representative, Bruce De Simas, Edward Lakatos, Israel Metal, George Sabak, Yongdong Wang
  • Patent number: 7984161
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for synchronizing data retrieval with multiple data sources on a mobile computing device while maintaining a predetermined quality of service and optimizing resource usage. A connection is established between the mobile computing device and the multiple data sources for a first synchronization interval. A synchronization request is sent over the connection during the first interval. A response to the request including data is received from a data source during the first interval to synchronize the data. After the data is received, the connection to the data source is severed. The connection between the mobile computing device and the data source is then re-established for a second synchronization interval based on quality of service parameters associated with the data source and a pending connection status associated with one or more additional data sources. Another synchronization request is then sent by the mobile computing device over the re-established connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Juan V. Esteve Balducci, Shivakumar Seetharaman, John A. Atwood, Gregory A. Bolles
  • Publication number: 20100318663
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for synchronizing data retrieval with multiple data sources on a mobile computing device while maintaining a predetermined quality of service and optimizing resource usage. A connection is established between the mobile computing device and the multiple data sources for a first synchronization interval. A synchronization request is sent over the connection during the first interval. A response to the request including data is received from a data source during the first interval to synchronize the data. After the data is received, the connection to the data source is severed. The connection between the mobile computing device and the data source is then re-established for a second synchronization interval based on quality of service parameters associated with the data source and a pending connection status associated with one or more additional data sources. Another synchronization request is then sent by the mobile computing device over the re-established connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Juan V. Esteve Balducci, Shivakumar Seetharaman, John A. Atwood, Gregory A. Bolles
  • Publication number: 20100306827
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide communication control features and functionality, but are not so limited. In an embodiment, a computing environment includes an access control component that can use a number of access states to control access to computing data and/or services. In one embodiment, a server computer can control access to data and/or services using a number of access states including, but not limited to: an allowed state, a blocked state, a device discovery state, and/or a quarantined state. Other embodiments are available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Juan V. Esteve Balducci, John Atwood, Zhike Kong, Ying Zhang, Sergey B. Plakhotnyuk
  • Publication number: 20100248387
    Abstract: A luminescence detecting apparatus and method for analyzing luminescent samples is disclosed. Luminescent samples are placed in a plurality of sample wells in a tray, and the tray is placed in a visible-light impervious chamber containing a charge coupled device camera. The samples may be injected in the wells, and the samples may be injected with buffers and reagents, by an injector. In the chamber, light from the luminescent samples pass through a collimator, a Fresnel field lens, a filter, and a camera lens, whereupon a focused image is created by the optics on the charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. The use of a Fresnel field lens, in combination with a collimator and filter, reduces crosstalk between samples below the level attainable by the prior art. Preferred embodiments of the luminescence detecting apparatus and method disclosed include central processing control of all operations, multiple wavelength filter wheel, and robot handling of samples and reagents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael R. Gambini, John C. Voyta, John Atwood, Susan A. Atwood-Stone, Bruce E. DeSimas, II, Edward Lakatos, Jeff Levi, Israel Metal, George Sabak, Yongdong Wang
  • Publication number: 20100112683
    Abstract: A thermal cycler for automatic performance of the polymerase chain reaction is provided. The thermal cycler comprises a heater control that provides close temperature control of the reaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: John Atwood, Albert Mossa, Lisa Goven, Fenton Williams, Timothy Woudenberg, Marcel Margulies, Robert Ragusa, Richard Leath, Clive Miles
  • Patent number: 7670848
    Abstract: In a luminescence detecting apparatus and method for analyzing luminescent samples, luminescent samples are placed in a plurality of sample wells in a tray, and the tray is placed in a visible-light impervious chamber containing a charge coupled device camera. In the chamber, light from the luminescent samples pass through a collimator, a Fresnel field lens, an infrared filter, and a camera lens, whereupon a focused image is created by the optics on the camera. The use of an infrared filter suppresses stray IR radiation resulting from plate phosphorescence (which can result in abnormally high backgrounds and/or alteration of the image received by the camera).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Gambini, John C. Voyta, John Atwood, Susan A. Atwood-Stone, legal representative, Bruce E. DeSimas, II, Edward Lakatos, Jeff Levi, Israel Metal, George Sabak, Yongdong Wang
  • Publication number: 20080138887
    Abstract: A thermal cycler for automatic performance of the polymerase chain reaction is provided. The thermal cycler comprises a heater control that provides close temperature control of the reaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: Applera Corporation
    Inventors: John Atwood, Albert Mossa, Lisa Goven, Fenton Williams, Timothy Woudenberg, Marcel Margulies, Robert Ragusa, Richard Leath, Clive Miles
  • Publication number: 20080028522
    Abstract: An allergy barrier for bedding comprised of a sheet adapted to fit a wide variety of mattress depths by enclosing a top, all sides, and a portion of the bottom of a mattress. A pull string inserted within an outer hem of the sheet where the pull string is adapted to secure the sheet to the mattress. The pull string terminates outside of the outer hem. The sheet is made of a material having a mean average pore size of less than ten (10) microns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventor: John Atwood
  • Publication number: 20070230535
    Abstract: An instrument for performing highly accurate PCR employing an assembly, a heated cover, and an internal computer, is provided. The assembly is made up of a sample block, a number of Peltier thermal electric devices, and a heat sink, clamped together. A control algorithm manipulates the current supplied to thermoelectric coolers such that the dynamic thermal performance of a block can be controlled so that pre-defined thermal profiles of sample temperature can be executed. The sample temperature is calculated instead of measured using a design specific model and equations. The control software includes calibration diagnostics which permit variation in the performance of thermoelectric coolers from instrument to instrument to be compensated for such that all instruments perform identically. The block/heat sink assembly can be changed to another of the same or different design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: Applera Corporation
    Inventors: John Atwood, Adrian Fawcett, Keith Ferrara, Paul Hetherington, Richard Noreiks, Douglas Olsen, John Widomski, Charles Wittmer
  • Publication number: 20070154939
    Abstract: An optical instrument monitors PCR replication of DNA in a reaction apparatus having a temperature cycled block with vials of reaction ingredients including dye that fluoresces in presence of double-stranded DNA. A beam splitter passes an excitation beam to the vials to fluoresce the dye. An emission beam from the dye is passed by the beam splitter to a CCD detector from which a processor computes DNA concentration. A reference strip with a plurality of reference emitters emit reference beams of different intensity, from which the processor selects an optimum emitter for compensating for drift. Exposure time is automatically adjusted for keeping within optimum dynamic ranges of the CCD and processor. A module of the beam splitter and associated optical filters is associated with selected dye, and is replaceable for different dyes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Publication date: July 5, 2007
    Applicant: Applera Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Cerrone, Edward Lakatos, Michael Gambini, Eugene Young, John Atwood, Susan Stone, Judith Atwood
  • Publication number: 20070148761
    Abstract: An optical instrument monitors PCR replication of DNA in a reaction apparatus having vials of reaction ingredients. A beam splitter passes an excitation beam to the vials. An emission beam from the reaction ingredients can be passed by the beam splitter to a detector from which a processor can compute DNA concentration. A reference strip with a plurality of reference emitters can be provided which emits reference beams of different intensity, from which the processor can select an optimum emitter for compensating for drift. Exposure time can be automatically adjusted for keeping within optimum dynamic ranges of the detector and processor. A module of the beam splitter and associated optical filters can be associated with a selected dye, and can be replaceable for different dyes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Inventors: Anthony Cerrone, Edward Lakatos, Michael Gambini, Eugene Young, Judith Atwood, John Atwood, Susan Stone
  • Publication number: 20070117200
    Abstract: An instrument for performing highly accurate PCR employing an assembly, a heated cover and an internal computer. The assembly is made up of a sample block, a number of Peltier thermal electric devices and heat sink, clamped together. The sample block temperature is changed exclusively by the thermoelectric devices controlled by the computer. The sample block is of low thermal mass and is constructed of silver. The Peltier devices are designed to provide fast temperature excursions over a wide range. The heat sink has a perimeter trench to minimize edge losses and is adjacent to a continuously variable fan. A perimeter heater is used to improve the thermal uniformity across the sample block to approximately ±0.2° C. A heated platen pushes down onto the tube caps to apply a minimum acceptable force for seating the tubes into the block, ensuring good thermal contact with the block. The force is applied about the periphery of the tube caps to prevent distortion of the caps during thermal cycling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Applicant: Applera Corporation
    Inventors: John Atwood, Adrian Fawcett, Keith Ferrara, Paul Hetherington, Richard Noreiks, Douglas Olsen, John Widomski, Charles Wittmer
  • Publication number: 20070113880
    Abstract: An instrument for performing highly accurate PCR employing an assembly, a heated cover and an internal computer. The assembly is made up of a sample block, a number of Peltier thermal electric devices and heat sink, clamped together. The sample block temperature is changed exclusively by the thermoelectric devices controlled by the computer. The sample block is of low thermal mass and is constructed of silver. The Peltier devices are designed to provide fast temperature excursions over a wide range. The heat sink has a perimeter trench to minimize edge losses and is adjacent to a continuously variable fan. A perimeter heater is used to improve the thermal uniformity across the sample block to approximately ±0.2° C. A heated platen pushes down onto the tube caps to apply a minimum acceptable force for seating the tubes into the block, ensuring good thermal contact with the block. The force is applied about the periphery of the tube caps to prevent distortion of the caps during thermal cycling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Applicant: Applera Corporation
    Inventors: John Atwood, Adrian Fawcett, Keith Ferrara, Paul Hetherington, Richard Noreiks, Douglas Olsen, John Widomski, Charles Wittmer
  • Publication number: 20070005965
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide for authenticating a device to multiple servers without using delegation or having to have a password stored on the device. Multiple certificates that are typically non-delegable are used to authenticate the device to each server. One certificate is used to authenticate the client with the front-end server and a second certificate is used to authenticate the client against a back-end server. Rather than having both certificates reside with the device, however, the second certificate is originally stored by the client in the back-end. It is then retrieved “on-the-fly” by the front-end upon authentication of the client and used to authenticate itself as the client in order to act on behalf of the client when retrieving data from the back-end server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Publication date: January 4, 2007
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Selvaraj Nalliah, Andrew Moss, David Limont, Gregory Bolles, John Atwood, Massimiliano Ciccotosto