Patents by Inventor Mark W. Johnson

Mark W. Johnson 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: 10431857
    Abstract: An electrical combination including a power tool and a battery pack. The power tool includes power tool terminals. The battery pack is configured to be interfaced with the power tool. The battery pack includes a battery pack housing, at least three terminals, and a plurality of battery cells. The battery pack terminals include a positive terminal, a negative terminal, and a sense terminal. The at least three terminals are configured to be interfaced with the power tool terminals. The plurality of battery cells are arranged within and supported by the battery pack housing. Each of the battery cells has a lithium-based chemistry and a respective state of charge, and power is transferable between the battery cells and the power tool. A circuit is configured to monitor the battery cells, detect a charge imbalance among the battery cells, and prevent the battery pack from operating when the charge imbalance is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow, Karl F. Scheucher
  • Patent number: 10420314
    Abstract: Disclosed are alfalfa varieties with low or reduced lignin content, including an alfalfa seed designated CW 096043 deposited as ATCC Accession Number PTA-122473, an alfalfa seed designated CW 103009 deposited as ATCC Accession Number PTA-122475, an alfalfa seed designated CW 099079 deposited as ATCC Accession Number PTA-122474, an alfalfa seed designated CW 090075 deposited as ATCC Accession Number PTA-122471, an alfalfa seed designated CW 054004 deposited as ATCC Accession Number PTA-122470, an alfalfa seed designated CW 093009 deposited as ATCC Accession Number PTA-122472, and an alfalfa seed designated CW 104015 deposited as ATCC Accession Number PTA-122476.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ALFOREX SEEDS LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Reich, David W. Johnson, Mark E. Darling, Tracy A. Engh
  • Publication number: 20190258225
    Abstract: A system and method for performing real-time quality inspection of objects is disclosed. The system and method include a transport to move objects being inspected, allowing the inspection to be performed in-line. At least one optical acquisition unit is provided that captured optical images of the objects being inspected. The captured optical images are matched to CAD models of objects, and the matched CAD model is extracted. A laser with an illumination light beam has a wavelength in the violet or ultraviolet range then conducts scans of the objects, which are formed into three-dimensional point clouds. The point clouds are compared to the extracted CAD models for each object, where CTF are compared to user input or CAD model information and the object is determined to be acceptable or defective based on the extent of deviation between the point cloud and the CAD model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: KODAK ALARIS INC.
    Inventors: Bruce A. LINK, Robert W. JOHNSON, Jose Zvietcovich ZEGARRA, Peter O. STUBLER, Mark BARTON, Frank R. BROCKLER, Michael S. AXMAN, Madirakshi DAS, Gabor J. FERENCZ, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190191693
    Abstract: Container system and method for freezing (and subsequently thawing) a liquid such as a drug substance, such that all containers in a set have a uniform width, hence uniform freeze-path length, in the widthwise direction and perpendicular to major walls of the containers, irrespective of the particular length, height, and volumetric capacity of the various containers in the set. This leads to uniform freezing performance and thereby reduces cryoconcentration. The system also eliminates or reduces ice-bridging, and the potential for containers rupturing during freezing and thawing operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Charles JOHNSON, Anthony FLAMMINO, Mark Anton PETRICH, Scott MCFEATERS, John H. ROOSA, JR., Robert Ian ALPERN, Joseph W. LOCURCIO, Matthew H. FLAMM
  • Publication number: 20190190289
    Abstract: A method for conducting an operation including a power tool battery pack. The battery pack can include a housing, a first cell supported by the housing and having a voltage, and a second cell supported by the housing and having a voltage. The battery pack also can be connectable to a power tool and be operable to supply power to operate the power tool. The method can include discharging one of the first cell and the second cell until the voltage of the one of the first cell and the second cell is substantially equal to the voltage of the other of the first cell and the second cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Karl F. Scheucher, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow
  • Publication number: 20190159769
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for allowing multiple surgical instruments to be inserted into sealing elements of a single surgical access device. The sealing elements can be movable along predefined pathways within the device to allow surgical instruments inserted through the sealing elements to be moved laterally, rotationally, angularly, and vertically relative to a central longitudinal axis of the device for ease of manipulation within a patient's body while maintaining insufflation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, David T. Martin, Matthew C. Miller, Mark J. Reese, Wells D. Haberstich, Carl Shurtleff, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Daniel H. Duke, Daniel J. Mumaw, Gregory W. Johnson, Kevin L. Houser
  • Patent number: 10289554
    Abstract: A processor implementing techniques to supporting fault information delivery is disclosed. In one embodiment, the processor includes a memory controller unit to access an enclave page cache (EPC) and a processor core coupled to the memory controller unit. The processor core to detect a fault associated with accessing the EPC and generate an error code associated with the fault. The error code reflects an EPC-related fault cause. The processor core is further to encode the error code into a data structure associated with the processor core. The data structure is for monitoring a hardware state related to the processor core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rebekah M. Leslie-Hurd, Carlos V. Rozas, Francis X. Mckeen, Ilya Alexandrovich, Vedvyas Shanbhogue, Bin Xing, Mark W. Shanahan, Simon P. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190133684
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for creating an effect using microwave energy to specified tissue are disclosed herein. A system for the application of microwave energy to a tissue can include, in some embodiments, a signal generator adapted to generate a microwave signal having predetermined characteristics, an applicator connected to the generator and adapted to apply microwave energy to tissue, the applicator comprising one or more microwave antennas and a tissue interface, a vacuum source connected to the tissue interface, a cooling source connected to said tissue interface, and a controller adapted to control the signal generator, the vacuum source, and the coolant source. The tissue may include a first layer and a second layer, the second layer below the first layer, and the controller is configured such that the system delivers energy such that a peak power loss density profile is created in the second layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: MIRADRY, INC.
    Inventors: Mark E. DEEM, Daniel E. FRANCIS, Jessi Ernest JOHNSON, Ted Y. SU, Steven W. KIM, Alexey SALAMINI, Peter SMITH, Daniel HALLOCK
  • Patent number: 10180839
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a loop cache coupled to the processor. The loop cache provides to the processor instructions corresponding to a loop in the instructions. The loop cache includes a persistence counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Johnson, Paul Zavalney, Marius Grannæs, Oeivind A. G. Loe
  • Publication number: 20170255467
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a loop cache coupled to the processor. The loop cache provides to the processor instructions corresponding to a loop in the instructions. The loop cache includes a persistence counter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: Mark W. Johnson, Paul Zavalney, Marius Grannæs, Oeivind A. G. Loe
  • Patent number: 9710758
    Abstract: In a quantum processor some couplers couple a given qubit to a nearest neighbor qubit (e.g., vertically and horizontally in an ordered 2D array), other couplers couple to next-nearest neighbor qubits (e.g., diagonally in the ordered 2D array). Couplers may include half-couplers, to selectively provide communicative coupling between a given qubit and other qubits, which may or may not be nearest or even next-nearest-neighbors. Tunable couplers selective mediate communicative coupling. A control system may impose a connectivity on a quantum processor, different than an “as designed” or “as manufactured” physical connectivity. Imposition may be via a digital processor processing a working or updated working graph, to map or embed a problem graph. A set of exclude qubits may be created from a comparison of hardware and working graphs. An annealing schedule may adjust a respective normalized inductance of one or more qubits, for instance to exclude certain qubits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: D-Wave Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Paul I. Bunyk, Mohammad H. S. Amin, Richard G. Harris, Trevor Michael Lanting, Mark W. Johnson, Jeremy P. Hilton, Emile M. Hoskinson
  • Patent number: 9689594
    Abstract: An evaporator includes an inlet manifold, an outlet parallel to the inlet manifold, and a collection manifold parallel and adjacent to the outlet manifold. First flow conduits extend from the inlet manifold to the collection manifold, and at least one second flow conduit extends from the collection manifold to the outlet manifold. The evaporator can be housed within an enclosure to provide a cased evaporator. Air is conditioned by transferring heat from the air to refrigerant as the air passes through the evaporator. The refrigerant is received from outside the enclosure into the inlet manifold, and is directed through first and second refrigerant passes to receive heat from the air. The flow of refrigerant is received from the second pass into a collection manifold, is transferred to an outlet manifold, and is removed from the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark W. Johnson, Eric P. Steinbach, George A. Baker, Bradley C. Engel, Gregory T. Kohler
  • Publication number: 20160335558
    Abstract: In a quantum processor some couplers couple a given qubit to a nearest neighbor qubit (e.g., vertically and horizontally in an ordered 2D array), other couplers couple to next-nearest neighbor qubits (e.g., diagonally in the ordered 2D array). Couplers may include half-couplers, to selectively provide communicative coupling between a given qubit and other qubits, which may or may not be nearest or even next-nearest-neighbors. Tunable couplers selective mediate communicative coupling. A control system may impose a connectivity on a quantum processor, different than an “as designed” or “as manufactured” physical connectivity. Imposition may be via a digital processor processing a working or updated working graph, to map or embed a problem graph. A set of exclude qubits may be created from a comparison of hardware and working graphs. An annealing schedule may adjust a respective normalized inductance of one or more qubits, for instance to exclude certain qubits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Paul I. Bunyk, Mohammad H.S. Amin, Richard G. Harris, Trevor Michael Lanting, Mark W. Johnson, Jeremy P. Hilton, Emile M. Hoskinson
  • Patent number: 9487657
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for preparing conditioned pigments that have smaller diameter and increased color strength, masstone and travel by milling pigment with a dispersant comprising polyurethane. Further, the invention provides the conditioned pigments prepared by the method of the invention and their applications to paints, coatings, inks, plastics, optical devices, color filters and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Sun Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Mark W. Johnson, Gregory R. Schulz
  • Patent number: 9355365
    Abstract: A superconducting integrated circuit may include a magnetic flux transformer having an inner inductive coupling element and an outer inductive coupling element that surrounds the inner inductive coupling element along at least a portion of a length thereof. The magnetic flux transformer may have a coaxial-like geometry such that a mutual inductance between the first inductive coupling element and the second inductive coupling element is sub-linearly proportional to a distance that separates the first inner inductive coupling element from the first outer inductive coupling element. At least one of the first inductive coupling element and the second inductive coupling element may be coupled to a superconducting programmable device, such as a superconducting qubit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: D-Wave Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Berkley, Mark W. Johnson, Paul I. Bunyk
  • Publication number: 20150363708
    Abstract: A second problem Hamiltonian may replace a first problem Hamiltonian during evolution of an analog processor (e.g., quantum processor) during a first iteration in solving a first problem. This may be repeated during a second, or further successive iterations on the first problem, following re-initialization of the analog processor. An analog processor may evolve under a first non-monotonic evolution schedule during a first iteration, and second non-monotonic evolution schedule under second, or additional non-monotonic evolution schedule under even further iterations. A first graph and second graph may each be processed to extract final states versus a plurality of evolution schedules, and a determination made as to whether the first graph is isomorphic with respect to the second graph. An analog processor may evolve by decreasing a temperature of, and a set of quantum fluctuations, within the analog processor until the analog processor reaches a state preferred by a problem Hamiltonian.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Mohammad H.S. Amin, Mark W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9175168
    Abstract: A method for preparing a pigment composition for a plastics colorant is disclosed. The pigment composition is prepared by mixing a press cake of the pigment with a liquid containing a selected type of dispersant before the resulting slurry is dried. Thus prepared pigment composition has improved dispersibility in a thermoplastic or thermoset resin and greatly reduces the filter pressure rise in the molding systems for preparing masterbatches or various plastic compositions for molding, fiber, film and sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sun Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: John Britanak, Mark W. Johnson, Zhijian Shen, Richard Kent Faubion
  • Publication number: 20140281367
    Abstract: A method of address generation and corresponding index generator for one or more locations in a buffer with received data, determining an offset address for a specific data element in the buffer; calculating a correction factor in parallel with the determining an offset address; and providing an address for the specific data element in the buffer by combining the offset address and the correction factor, the correction factor adjusting for any impact on the offset address resulting from null elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mark W. Johnson, Robert Bahary
  • Patent number: D736904
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Modine Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark W. Johnson, Eric P. Steinbach, George A. Baker, Bradley C. Engel, Gregory T. Kohler
  • Patent number: D862821
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas C. Meier, Mark W. Baldwin, Mario A. Davenport, Daniel J. Rebecca, Dennis G. Johnson, Lac V. Nguyen, George H. Kormanos