Patents by Inventor Joseph M. Jacobson

Joseph M. Jacobson 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: 8319759
    Abstract: The performance of electro-wetting displays can be improved by: (a) providing a concealment member (112) which conceals the moving fluid (108) when that fluid (108) is confined to a small area; (b) using the moving fluid to cover one or more sections of a filter or reflector having differently-colored sections; (c) moving the moving fluid between the rear surface and a side surface of a microcell; (d) using as a substrate for a moving fluid a substrate resistant to wetting by the fluid but pierced by multiple conductive vias capped with a material wetted by the fluid; and (e) coloring the moving fluid with pigments or nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, Thomas H. Whitesides, Michael D. McCreary, Richard J. Paolini, Jr., Richard M. Webber
  • Publication number: 20120288626
    Abstract: A self-replicating monolayer system employing polymerization of monomers or nanoparticle ensembles on a defined template provides synthesis of two-dimensional single molecule polymers. Systems of self-replicating monolayers are used as templates for growth of inorganic colloids. A preferred embodiment employs SAM-based replication, wherein an initial monolayer is patterned and used as a template for self-assembly of a second monolayer by molecular recognition. The second monolayer is polymerized in place and the monolayers are separated to form a replicate. Both may then function as templates for monolayer assemblies. A generic self-replicating monomer unit comprises a polymerizable moiety attached by methylene repeats to a recognition element and an ending unit that will not interfere with the chosen recognition chemistry. The recognition element is self-complementary, unless two replicating monomers with compatible cross-linking chemistry are employed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, David W. Mosley
  • Patent number: 8305341
    Abstract: A dielectrophoretic display comprises a substrate having walls defining at least one cavity, the cavity having a viewing surface and a side wall inclined to the viewing surface; a suspending fluid contained within the cavity; a plurality of at least one type of particle suspended within the suspending fluid; and means for applying to the fluid an electric field effective to cause dielectrophoretic movement of the particles to the side wall of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Alexi C. Arango, Joseph M. Jacobson, Karl R. Amundson
  • Publication number: 20120264653
    Abstract: In a method for synthesizing a pool of nucleic acid molecules, a first nucleic acid has a first 5? region and a first 3? region and a second nucleic acid has a second 5? region and a second 3? region. The second 3? region and the first 5? region have identical nucleic acid sequences. The first 3? region is hybridized with an oligonucleotide, extending the hybridized oligonucleotide and producing a first extension product having a 3? region complementary to the first 5? region. The second nucleic acid is hybridized with the first extension product to hybridize the 3? region of the first extension product to the second 3? region, extending the 3? region of the first extension product and producing a second extension product having a 3? region complementary to the second 5? region. Error-containing molecules are separated from error-free molecules by a component that selects for a sequence error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Peter A. Carr, Brian Y. Chow, Joseph M. Jacobson, David W. Mosley, Christopher Emig
  • Patent number: 8263335
    Abstract: A method for synthesizing a nucleic acid having a desired sequence and length comprises providing a solid support having an immobilized nucleic acid, performing a nucleic acid addition reaction to elongate the immobilized nucleic acid by adding a nucleotide or an oligonucleotide to the nucleic acid, determining whether the nucleotide or the oligonucleotide is added to the nucleic acid by detecting whether there is an increase in electrophoretic force applied to the solid support when an electric field and a magnetic field gradient are applied to the support, wherein the increase in electrophoretic force applied to the support is caused by adding the nucleotide or the oligonucleotide to the nucleic acid, repeating the addition reaction and determination steps if the nucleotide or the oligonucleotide is not added to the nucleic acid, and continuing until the immobilized nucleic acid has a desired sequence and length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Peter A. Carr, Brian Y. Chow, Joseph M. Jacobson, David W. Mosley, Christopher Emig
  • Publication number: 20120212462
    Abstract: Novel addressing schemes for controlling electronically addressable displays include a scheme for rear-addressing displays, which allows for in-plane switching of the display material. Other schemes include a rear-addressing scheme which uses a retroreflecting surface to enable greater viewing angle and contrast. Another scheme includes an electrode structure that facilitates manufacture and control of a color display. Another electrode structure facilitates addressing a display using an electrostatic stylus. Methods of using the disclosed electrode structures are also disclosed. Another scheme includes devices combining display materials with silicon transistor addressing structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Albert, Barrett Comiskey, Joseph M. Jacobson, Libing Zhang, Andrew Loxley, Robert D. Feeney, Paul S. Drzaic, Ian D. Morrison
  • Patent number: 8227035
    Abstract: A self-replicating monolayer system employing polymerization of monomers or nanoparticle ensembles on a defined template provides a method for synthesis of two-dimensional single molecule polymers. Systems of self-replicating monolayers are used as templates for growth of inorganic colloids. A preferred embodiment employs SAM-based replication, wherein an initial monolayer is patterned and used as a template for self-assembly of a second monolayer by molecular recognition. The second monolayer is polymerized in place and the monolayers are separated to form a replicate. Both may then function as templates for monolayer assemblies. A generic self-replicating monomer unit comprises a polymerizable moiety attached by methylene repeats to a recognition element and an ending unit that will not interfere with the chosen recognition chemistry. The recognition element is self-complementary, unless a set of two replicating monomers with compatible cross-linking chemistry is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, David W. Mosley
  • Patent number: 8213076
    Abstract: Novel addressing schemes for controlling electronically addressable displays include a scheme for rear-addressing displays, which allows for in-plane switching of the display material. Other schemes include a rear-addressing scheme which uses a retroreflecting surface to enable greater viewing angle and contrast. Another scheme includes an electrode structure that facilitates manufacture and control of a color display. Another electrode structure facilitates addressing a display using an electrostatic stylus. Methods of using the disclosed electrode structures are also disclosed. Another scheme includes devices combining display materials with silicon transistor addressing structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Albert, Barrett Comiskey, Joseph M. Jacobson, Libing Zhang, Andrew Loxley, Robert D. Feeney, Paul S. Drzaic, Ian D. Morrison
  • Patent number: 8206952
    Abstract: In a method for synthesizing a long nucleic acid molecule, a first immobilized nucleic acid has a first 5? region and a first 3? region and a second immobilized nucleic acid has a second 5? region and a second 3? region. The second 3? region and the first 5? region have identical nucleic acid sequences. An oligonucleotide is hybridized to the first 3? region, extending the hybridized oligonucleotide and producing a first extension product having a 3? region that is complementary to the first 5? region. The 3? region of the first extension product is hybridized to the second 3? region, extending the 3? region of the first extension product and producing a synthesized nucleic acid molecule having a 3? region that is complementary to the second 5? region, wherein the synthesized nucleic acid molecule has a sequence complementary to the first and second 3? and 5? regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Peter A. Carr, Brian Y. Chow, Joseph M. Jacobson, David W. Mosley, Christopher Emig
  • Publication number: 20120108041
    Abstract: A technique for forming nanostructures including a definition of a charge pattern on a substrate and introduction of charged molecular scale sized building blocks (MSSBBs) to a region proximate the charge pattern so that the MSSBBs adhere to the charge pattern to form the feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, David Kong, Vikas Anant, Ashley Salomon, Saul Griffith, Will DelHagen, Vikrant Agnihotri
  • Patent number: 8139050
    Abstract: An electronic display comprises an electro-optic material (preferably an electrophoretic medium) having a plurality of pixels, and separate first, second and third sets of addressing means for addressing these pixels. Each of the pixels is associated with one addressing means in each of the three sets, such that addressing of any specific pixel requires application of signals within predetermined ranges to each of the three addressing means associated with the specific pixel being addressed. The display may be in the form of a multi-page electronic book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, Barrett Comiskey, Russell J. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20120057666
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for carrying out fusion reactions by changing the Coulombic energy barrier via Muon Catalyzed Fusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph M. JACOBSON
  • Patent number: 8129655
    Abstract: An electrophoretic medium (102) comprises a plurality of capsules (104), each capsule comprising an internal phase comprising a plurality of electrophoretically mobile particles (106, 108) in a gaseous suspending medium, and a capsule wall surrounding the internal phase. Various processes for producing such an electrophoretic medium are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, Thomas H. Whitesides, Robert W. Zehner
  • Patent number: 8093144
    Abstract: A technique for forming nanostructures including a definition of a charge pattern on a substrate and introduction of charged molecular scale sized building blocks (MSSBBs) to a region proximate the charge pattern so that the MSSBBs adhere to the charge pattern to form the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, David Kong, Vikas Anant, Ashley Salomon, Saul Griffith, Will DelHagen, Vikrant Agnihotri
  • Publication number: 20110286081
    Abstract: A system of electronically active inks is described which may include electronically addressable contrast media, conductors, insulators, resistors, semiconductive materials, magnetic materials, spin materials, piezoelectric materials, optoelectronic, thermoelectric or radio frequency materials. We further describe a printing system capable of laying down said materials in a definite pattern. Such a system may be used for instance to: print a flat panel display complete with onboard drive logic; print a working logic circuit onto any of a large class of substrates; print an electrostatic or piezoelectric motor with onboard logic and feedback or print a working radio transmitter or receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joseph M. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 8035886
    Abstract: A system of electronically active inks is described which may include electronically addressable contrast media, conductors, insulators, resistors, semiconductive materials, magnetic materials, spin materials, piezoelectric materials, optoelectronic, thermoelectric or radio frequency materials. We further describe a printing system capable of laying down said materials in a definite pattern. Such a system may be used for instance to: print a flat panel display complete with onboard drive logic; print a working logic circuit onto any of a large class of substrates; print an electrostatic or piezoelectric motor with onboard logic and feedback or print a working radio transmitter or receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph M. Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20110199671
    Abstract: A dielectrophoretic display has a substrate having walls defining a cavity, the cavity having a viewing surface and a side wall inclined to the viewing surface. A fluid is contained within the cavity; and a plurality of particles are present in the fluid. There is applied to the substrate an electric field effective to cause dielectrophoretic movement of the particles so that the particles occupy only a minor proportion of the viewing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karl R. Amundson, Alexi C. Arango, Joseph M. Jacobson, Thomas H. Whitesides, Michael M. McCreary, Richard J. Paolini, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110201057
    Abstract: A method for synthesizing a nucleic acid having a desired sequence and length comprises providing a solid support having an immobilized nucleic acid, performing a nucleic acid addition reaction to elongate the immobilized nucleic acid by adding a nucleotide or an oligonucleotide to the nucleic acid, determining whether the nucleotide or the oligonucleotide is added to the nucleic acid by detecting whether there is an increase in electrophoretic force applied to the solid support when an electric field and a magnetic field gradient are applied to the support, wherein the increase in electrophoretic force applied to the support is caused by adding the nucleotide or the oligonucleotide to the nucleic acid, repeating the addition reaction and determination steps if the nucleotide or the oligonucleotide is not added to the nucleic acid, and continuing until the immobilized nucleic acid has a desired sequence and length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Peter A. Carr, Brian Y. Chow, Joseph M. Jacobson, David W. Mosley, Christopher Emig
  • Patent number: 7999787
    Abstract: A dielectrophoretic display has a substrate having walls defining a cavity, the cavity having a viewing surface and a side wall inclined to the viewing surface. A fluid is contained within the cavity; and a plurality of particles are present in the fluid. There is applied to the substrate an electric field effective to cause dielectrophoretic movement of the particles so that the particles occupy only a minor proportion of the viewing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Karl R. Amundson, Alexi C. Arango, Joseph M. Jacobson, Thomas H. Whitesides, Michael D. McCreary, Richard J. Paolini, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110193840
    Abstract: A dielectrophoretic display has a substrate having walls defining a cavity, the cavity having a viewing surface and a side wall inclined to the viewing surface. A fluid is contained within the cavity; and a plurality of particles are present in the fluid. There is applied to the substrate an electric field effective to cause dielectrophoretic movement of the particles so that the particles occupy only a minor proportion of the viewing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karl R. Amundson, Alexi C. Arango, Joseph M. Jacobson, Thomas H. Whitesides, Michael D. McCreary, Richard J. Paolini, JR.