Patents by Inventor John Pierce

John Pierce 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: 20040072897
    Abstract: A method of producing a processed kava product involves using an extraction solvent, such as liquid CO2, to preferentially extract different kavalactones from the source material at different rates. By controlling the extraction parameters and stopping the extraction before all of the kavalactones have been extracted or allowing the extracted kavalactones to be preferentially precipitated in one or more collection environments, a processed kava product can be produced that has a kavalactone distribution profile that can differ substantially from that of the source material. As a result, roots from a less desirable kava cultivar can be used to produce a processed kava product which has a kavalactone distribution profile that is similar to that of a highly desired cultivar. A material having a preferred kavalactone distribution profile is also disclosed. The kava paste can be further processed to produce a dry flowable powder suitable for use in, e.g., a tableting formula.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventors: Robert Gow, John Pierce, Brian Pierce, William Birdsall
  • Patent number: 6701305
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and computer program products are provided for retrieving information from a text data collection and for classifying a document into none, one or more of a plurality of predefined classes. In each aspect, a representation of at least a portion of the original matrix is projected into a lower dimensional subspace and those portions of the subspace representation that relate to the term(s) of the query are weighted following the projection into the lower dimensional subspace. In order to retrieve the documents that are most relevant with respect to a query, the documents are then scored with documents having better scores being of generally greater relevance. Alternatively, in order to classify a document, the relationship of the document to the classes of documents is scored with the document then being classified in those classes, if any, that have the best scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Fredrick Baden Holt, Anne Shu-Wan Kao, Daniel John Pierce, Stephen Robert Poteet, Yuan-Jye Wu
  • Patent number: 6611825
    Abstract: A text mining program is provided that allows a user to perform text mining operations, such as: information retrieval, term and document visualization, term and document clustering, term and document classification, summarization of individual documents and groups of documents, and document cross-referencing. This is accomplished by representing the text of a document collection using subspace transformations. This subspace transformation representation is performed by: constructing a term frequency matrix of the term frequencies for each of the documents, transforming the term frequencies for statistical purposes, and projecting the documents or the terms into a lower dimensional subspace. As the document collection is updated, the subspace is dynamically updated to reflect the new document collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: D. Dean Billheimer, Andrew James Booker, Michelle Keim Condliff, Mark Thomas Greaves, Fredrick Baden Holt, Anne Shu-Wan Kao, Daniel John Pierce, Stephen Robert Poteet, Yuan-Jye Wu
  • Patent number: 6601527
    Abstract: An improved method of cultivating kava plants is disclosed in which a growth medium is formed form a mound formed over a leveled bed of porous rocks, such as volcanic cinders. The bed material is substantially free of organic matter. The mound material is comprised of gravel smaller than the bed material, such as volcanic gravel, and includes organic matter. The kava plants are grown in the mound material. The plants can be harvested by lifting the plant from the mound using a modified forklift assembly. Relatively high mounded rows of other material can alternatively be used. An improved method of producing kava seedlings is also disclosed in which the apical tips of kava plant stems are cut. After buds develop along the stems, the stems are harvested, sectioned, and used to generate a large number of seedlings. Harvesting of remaining rootstock from the parent plant is delayed after harvesting of the stems to promote an increase in kavalactone concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: HerbalScience, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gow, John A. Pierce, William Julian
  • Publication number: 20030099756
    Abstract: A method of producing a processed kava product involves using an extraction solvent, such as liquid CO2, to preferentially extract different kavalactones from the source material at different rates. By controlling the extraction parameters and stopping the extraction before all of the kavalactones have been extracted or allowing the extracted kavalactones to be preferentially precipitated in one or more collection environments, a processed kava product can be produced that has a kavalactone distribution profile that can differ substantially from that of the source material. As a result, roots from a less desirable kava cultivar can be used to produce a processed kava product which has a kavalactone distribution profile that is similar to that of a highly desired cultivar. The kava paste can be further processed to produce a dry flowable powder suitable for use in, e.g., a tableting formula. A rapid dissolve tablet formulation for use in the delivery of kavalactones is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventors: Robert Gow, John Pierce, Brian Pierce, William Birdsall
  • Publication number: 20030000437
    Abstract: An improved method of cultivating kava plants is disclosed in which a growth medium is formed form a mound formed over a leveled bed of porous rocks, such as volcanic cinders. The bed material is substantially free of organic matter. The mound material is comprised of gravel smaller than the bed material, such as volcanic gravel, and includes organic matter. The kava plants are grown in the mound material. The plants can be harvested by lifting the plant from the mound using a modified forklift assembly. Relatively high mounded rows of other material can alternatively be used. An improved method of producing kava seedlings is also disclosed in which the apical tips of kava plant stems are cut. After buds develop along the stems, the stems are harvested, sectioned, and used to generate a large number of seedlings. Harvesting of remaining rootstock from the parent plant is delayed after harvesting of the stems to promote an increase in kavalactone concentration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Robert Gow, John A. Pierce, William Julian
  • Patent number: 5759882
    Abstract: A method of fabricating external contacts in an integrated circuit structure utilizes chemical mechanical polishing (CMP). The structure includes an active device substrate region defined by field oxides. First and second diffusions formed in the active region define a substrate surface region therebetween. In accordance with the method, a layer of amorphous or polycrystalline silicon is formed in contact with the diffusion regions, subjected to a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) step and then etched to form external contacts. The process flow can be applied to CMOS technologies and adapted to bipolar technologies to provide a BiCMOS flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Dah-Bin Kao, John Pierce
  • Patent number: 5683941
    Abstract: The process for forming a layer of metal silicide over polysilicon structures, such as gates and interconnect lines, is simplified by forming a layer of insulation material over the polysilicon structures, removing the layer of insulation material until the layer of insulation material is substantially planar and the thickness of the insulation material over the polysilicon structures is within a predetermined thickness range, etching the planarized layer of insulation material until portions of the polysilicon structures are exposed, depositing a layer of metal over the resulting structure, and then reacting the metal layer with the polysilicon structures to form the layer of metal silicide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Dah-Bin Kao, John Pierce
  • Patent number: 5653625
    Abstract: A new Star Shot Wave Tumbler System for polishing objects such as jewelry or coins with a simple water, soap and scrubbing tumbler shot solution in a short period of time with a quality polish. The inventive device includes a circular tumbler drum to retain the objects being polished, a stability means preventing undue vibration of the circular tumbler drum, a tumbler rotation means rotating the circular tumbler drum, at least one scrubbing tumbler shot for every two jewelry pieces or every two charms or any combination of two thereof, to polish the object and a wave tumbler member to agitate the objects during polishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Inventors: John Pierce, John R. Pierce