Patents by Inventor John Collier

John Collier 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: 20220108251
    Abstract: Aspects described herein relate to a flexible order fulfillment management system that utilizes predefined fulfillment workflows including common business processes. By utilizing predefined workflows including common business processes, the order fulfillment management system is able to drive store-based fulfillment programs efficiently as multiple fulfillment workflows may utilize the same common business processes and a single fulfillment management system may operate workflows in parallel. In addition, such an order fulfillment management system may also be more easily adapted for different retail store environments as the system allows a designer to easily create or modify a fulfillment workflow by selecting predefined common business processes or creating any additional custom business processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Vadim Grabovski, Chris Venable, John Collier
  • Publication number: 20220091146
    Abstract: Digital microfluidic device includes a first substrate and a second substrate aligned generally parallel to each other with a gap defined therebetween in side view. At least one of the first substrate and the second substrate include a first electrode array, a second electrode array spaced from and in electrical communication with the first electrode array, and a first interstitial area defined between the first electrode array and the second electrode array. At least one of the first electrode array and the second electrode array is configured to generate electrical actuation forces within an actuation area to urge at least one droplet within the gap along the at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate. At least one spacer is disposed in the first interstitial area to maintain the gap between the first substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Applicant: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. HUFF, Mark A. HAYDEN, Nicholas John COLLIER, Stephen BROWN, Karen Xin Zhou YU
  • Publication number: 20220088600
    Abstract: System for storing and dispensing liquid in a digital microfluidic chip includes a plurality of reservoir electrodes defining a reservoir having an outlet and a first end opposite the outlet, the reservoir configured to be in fluidic communication with at least one device electrode proximate the outlet, the at least one device electrode and at least one of the plurality of reservoir electrodes configured to generate electrical actuation forces to dispense at least one droplet from the reservoir through the outlet. The plurality of reservoir electrodes include a first reservoir electrode proximate the first end, a reservoir outlet electrode proximate the outlet, and at least one intermediate reservoir electrode disposed between the first electrode and the reservoir outlet electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Applicant: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. HUFF, Mark A. HAYDEN, Nicholas John COLLIER, Stephen BROWN, Karen Xin Zhou YU
  • Publication number: 20220088599
    Abstract: Digital microfluidic and analyte detection device includes a first substrate and a second substrate aligned generally parallel to each other with a gap defined therebetween in side view. At least one of the first and second substrates has an electrode array configured to generate electrical actuation forces to urge at least one droplet within the gap along the at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate. The electrode array has a plurality of electrodes defining an electrode array area in plan view. At least one of the first substrate and the second substrate has a well array defining a well array area in plan view. The well array area is bounded within the electrode array area and overlapping a portion of each of the plurality of electrodes. The well array area overlaps less than 75% of the electrode array area in plan view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Applicant: ABBOTT LABORATORIES
    Inventors: Mark A. HAYDEN, Jeffrey B. HUFF, Nicholas John COLLIER, Karen Xin Zhou YU
  • Publication number: 20220062733
    Abstract: Batting cages are disclosed relating to practice for games such as baseball and softball. The batting cages described may include a net enclosure, a pitching compartment, a hitting compartment, a first pitching screen separating the pitching compartment from the hitting compartment, a second pitching screen that may cover a portion of an opening in the first pitching screen; a second opening in the first pitching screen; and a guide that directs balls from the hitting compartment through the second opening toward a location in the pitching compartment. Uses of batting cages are also taught.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Inventors: John Collier Thornton, Stephen Maher, Scott Ritter, Brett A. Dupree, Hoyt Brignac, Tyler N. Bartlet, John T. Wallace, Kortni Maegan Harp, Emalee Sotile
  • Publication number: 20220033795
    Abstract: Embodied herein are engineered fusion proteins that bind and target nociceptor neurons, compositions comprising these engineered fusion proteins, and methods for treatment of pain using these engineered fusion proteins or compositions containing the engineered fusion proteins. The engineered fusion proteins contain domains derived from protein toxins such as the anthrax toxin, clostridial botulinum family of toxins, disulphide-containing toxins, and AB component type toxins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: R. John Collier, Isaac Chiu, Bradley L. Pentelute
  • Publication number: 20220004978
    Abstract: A method for purchasing a product at a brick-and-mortar retail establishment is provided. The method includes, but is not limited to, inputting identification information into a local device for a product sold by the brick-and-mortar retail establishment, transmitting the identification information to an order creation application, and upon receiving the identification information, selecting a dispense type for the product. The dispense type is selected from a group of dispense types including: “carry” for personally carrying the product out of the brick-and-mortar retail establishment, “load” for having the product loaded into the user's vehicle, “pickup” for having the product provided to the user at a predetermined location whereby the user will go to get that product, and “delivery” for delivering the product to the user at a predetermined location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Vadim Grabovski, Issa Abboud, John Collier, Chris Venable, Craig Huber
  • Publication number: 20210332499
    Abstract: A spinneret for extruding fibers includes a plate having a proximal surface and a distal surface. The spinneret includes a plurality of holes formed in the plate that extend between the proximal surface and the distal surface of the plate. The holes are spaced from one another, and each hole has a distal end that extends along a central axis. The spinneret has a plurality of contoured entrance zones formed in the proximal surface of the plate, whereby each contoured entrance zone is associated with one of the holes. Each contoured entrance zone extends distally from the proximal surface of the plate to a proximal end of the hole associated therewith. Each contoured entrance zone has substantially no planar or flat surfaces normal to the direction of the central axis of the distal end of the hole associated therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Jianxin Guo, Gaoyuan Chen, Jianguo Zhou, John Collier, Joseph Richard Vliet, JR., Glenn R. Cook
  • Patent number: 11126959
    Abstract: A method for purchasing a product at a brick-and-mortar retail establishment is provided. The method includes, but is not limited to, inputting identification information into a local device for a product sold by the brick-and-mortar retail establishment, transmitting the identification information to an order creation application, and upon receiving the identification information, selecting a dispense type for the product. The dispense type is selected from a group of dispense types including: “carry” for personally carrying the product out of the brick-and-mortar retail establishment, “load” for having the product loaded into the user's vehicle, “pickup” for having the product provided to the user at a predetermined location whereby the user will go to get that product, and “delivery” for delivering the product to the user at a predetermined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Vadim Grabovski, Issa Abboud, John Collier, Chris Venable, Craig Huber
  • Patent number: 11104892
    Abstract: Embodied herein are engineered fusion proteins that bind and target nociceptor neurons, compositions comprising these engineered fusion proteins, and methods for treatment of pain using these engineered fusion proteins or compositions containing the engineered fusion proteins. The engineered fusion proteins contain domains derived from protein toxins such as the anthrax toxin, clostridial botulinum family of toxins, disulphide-containing toxins, and AB component type toxins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignees: President and Fellows of Harvard College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: R. John Collier, Isaac Chiu, Bradley L. Pentelute
  • Publication number: 20200362325
    Abstract: Embodied herein are engineered fusion proteins that bind and target nociceptor neurons, compositions comprising these engineered fusion proteins, and methods for treatment of pain using these engineered fusion proteins or compositions containing the engineered fusion proteins. The engineered fusion proteins contain domains derived from protein toxins such as the anthrax toxin, clostridial botulinum family of toxins, disulphide-containing toxins, and AB component type toxins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: R. John Collier, Isaac Chiu, Bradley L. Pentelute
  • Patent number: 10704035
    Abstract: Embodied herein are engineered fusion proteins that bind and target nociceptor neurons, compositions comprising these engineered fusion proteins, and methods for treatment of pain using these engineered fusion proteins or compositions containing the engineered fusion proteins. The engineered fusion proteins contain domains derived from protein toxins such as the anthrax toxin, clostridial botulinum family of toxins, disulphide-containing toxins, and AB component type toxins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: President and Fellows of Harvard College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: R. John Collier, Isaac Chiu, Bradley L. Pentelute
  • Publication number: 20190370737
    Abstract: A method for purchasing a product at a brick-and-mortar retail establishment is provided. The method includes, but is not limited to, inputting identification information into a local device for a product sold by the brick-and-mortar retail establishment, transmitting the identification informationto an order creation application, and upon receiving the identification information, selecting a dispense type for the product. The dispense type is selected from a group of dispense types including: “carry” for personally carrying the product out of the brick-and-mortar retail establishment, “load” for having the product loaded into the user's vehicle, “pickup” for having the product provided to the user at a predetermined location whereby the user will go to get that product, and “delivery” for delivering the product to the user at a predetermined location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Vadim Grabovski, Issa Abboud, John Collier, Chris Venable, Craig Huber
  • Publication number: 20190290496
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a wound dressing that incorporates a number of sensors or sensors separate from the wound dressing can be utilized in order to monitor characteristics of a wound as it heals or to identify one or more risk factors or conditions that may precipitate a wound. In some implementations, a wound dressing configured to be positioned in contact with a wound includes a substantially flexible substrate supporting one or more sensors. The one or more sensors can include temperature sensors, conductivity sensors, multispectral optical measurements sensors, pH sensors, pressure sensors, colorimetric sensors, optical sensors, ultraviolet (UV) sensors, or infrared (IR) sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Runi Brownhill, Nicholas John Collier, James Christopher Frake, Victoria Hammond, Edward Yerbury Hartwell, Allan Kenneth Frazer Grugeon Hunt, Gordon John Leather, Simon Mark Norman, Charlotte Urwin
  • Patent number: 10402776
    Abstract: A method for purchasing a product at a brick-and-mortar retail establishment is provided. The method includes, but is not limited to, inputting identification information into a local device for a product sold by the brick-and-mortar retail establishment, transmitting the identification information to an order creation application, and upon receiving the identification information, selecting a dispense type for the product. The dispense type is selected from a group of dispense types including: “carry” for personally carrying the product out of the brick-and-mortar retail establishment, “load” for having the product loaded into the user's vehicle, “pickup” for having the product provided to the user at a predetermined location whereby the user will go to get that product, and “delivery” for delivering the product to the user at a predetermined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Vadim Grabovski, Issa Abboud, John Collier, Chris Venable, Craig Huber
  • Patent number: 10335130
    Abstract: A surgical retrieval apparatus includes an elongate tubular member having a drive rod slidably disposed therein. A support member is operably coupled to a distal end of the drive rod. A pouch is attached to the support member and has a closed end and an open end. The pouch may be releasably coupled to the support member. An end effector is repositionable with respect to a longitudinal axis of the tubular member. The support member may include an expandable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Anthony L. Ceniccola, Margaret Uznanski, Mark Peter Rogers, Brandon Wesley Craft, Natalie Scott, Nicholas John Collier, Charlotte Adele Clark
  • Patent number: 10313849
    Abstract: A system and process of sharing a wireless surface allotment in a wireless network includes implementing a metering system to meter wireless service usage by users of the wireless network and tracking wireless usage by a plurality of wireless devices associated with the metering system. The system and process further includes receiving a share request to reallocate the respective wireless service allotment for at least two of the plurality of wireless devices, forwarding modification instructions to the metering system, requesting confirmation from the metering system that the modification instructions have been received, and modifying the respective wireless service allotments for the at least two wireless devices in response to receiving confirmation from the metering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TracFone Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: John Collier
  • Publication number: 20190110173
    Abstract: A system and process of sharing a wireless surface allotment in a wireless network includes implementing a metering system to meter wireless service usage by users of the wireless network and tracking wireless usage by a plurality of wireless devices associated with the metering system. The system and process further includes receiving a share request to reallocate the respective wireless service allotment for at least two of the plurality of wireless devices, forwarding modification instructions to the metering system, requesting confirmation from the metering system that the modification instructions have been received, and modifying the respective wireless service allotments for the at least two wireless devices in response to receiving confirmation from the metering system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventor: John Collier
  • Patent number: 10154392
    Abstract: A system and process of sharing a wireless surface allotment in a third party wireless network includes implementing a metering system to meter wireless service usage by users of the third party wireless network and tracking wireless usage by a plurality of wireless devices associated with the metering system. The system and process further includes receiving a share request to reallocate the respective wireless service allotment for at least two of the plurality of wireless devices, forwarding modification instructions to the metering system, requesting confirmation from the metering system that the modification instructions have been received, and modifying the respective wireless service allotments for the at least two wireless devices in response to receiving confirmation from the metering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: TracFone Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: John Collier
  • Publication number: 20180324563
    Abstract: A system and process of sharing a wireless surface allotment in a third party wireless network includes implementing a metering system to meter wireless service usage by users of the third party wireless network and tracking wireless usage by a plurality of wireless devices associated with the metering system. The system and process further includes receiving a share request to reallocate the respective wireless service allotment for at least two of the plurality of wireless devices, forwarding modification instructions to the metering system, requesting confirmation from the metering system that the modification instructions have been received, and modifying the respective wireless service allotments for the at least two wireless devices in response to receiving confirmation from the metering system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventor: John Collier