Patents by Inventor Michael D. Johnson

Michael D. 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).

  • Publication number: 20200091366
    Abstract: Solar cells having emitter regions composed of wide bandgap semiconductor material are described. In an example, a method includes forming, in a process tool having a controlled atmosphere, a thin dielectric layer on a surface of a semiconductor substrate of the solar cell. The semiconductor substrate has a bandgap. Without removing the semiconductor substrate from the controlled atmosphere of the process tool, a semiconductor layer is formed on the thin dielectric layer. The semiconductor layer has a bandgap at least approximately 0.2 electron Volts (eV) above the bandgap of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Richard M. Swanson, Marius M. Bunea, Michael C. Johnson, David D. Smith, Yu-Chen Shen, Peter J. Cousins, Tim Dennis
  • Patent number: 10592421
    Abstract: Instructions and logic provide advanced paging capabilities for secure enclave page caches. Embodiments include multiple hardware threads or processing cores, a cache to store secure data for a shared page address allocated to a secure enclave accessible by the hardware threads. A decode stage decodes a first instruction specifying said shared page address as an operand, and execution units mark an entry corresponding to an enclave page cache mapping for the shared page address to block creation of a new translation for either of said first or second hardware threads to access the shared page. A second instruction is decoded for execution, the second instruction specifying said secure enclave as an operand, and execution units record hardware threads currently accessing secure data in the enclave page cache corresponding to the secure enclave, and decrement the recorded number of hardware threads when any of the hardware threads exits the secure enclave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos V. Rozas, Ilya Alexandrovich, Ittai Anati, Alex Berenzon, Michael A. Goldsmith, Barry E. Huntley, Anton Ivanov, Simon P. Johnson, Rebekah M. Leslie-Hurd, Francis X. McKeen, Gilbert Neiger, Rinat Rappoport, Scott D. Rodgers, Uday R. Savagaonkar, Vincent R. Scarlata, Vedvyas Shanbhogue, Wesley H. Smith, William C. Wood
  • Publication number: 20200062455
    Abstract: A storage container with a spout is provided that can store a coating material. The storage container can include a container body having a shape, which may be a circular shape, polygonal shape, or a rounded-polygonal shape. The container body includes a side wall having first and second ends. The storage container with a spout can include a first opening with a corresponding lid and the spout providing a second opening with a corresponding cap. The storage container can further include a handle formed with an aperture through a side of the container body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: RICHARD D. HUDSON, JAMES J. JOHNSON, GUSTAVO A. MORALES, EDWARD RAY GOODWIN, JR., MICHAEL C. LAMBERTSON, JR., CHARLES T. BUCKEL, JR.
  • Publication number: 20200063526
    Abstract: A tool, e.g. a downhole tool, utilizes at least one actuator which may be actuated rapidly between positions during operation of the tool. The actuator is moved via flow of an actuating fluid controlled by a main valve which, in turn, is controlled via a pilot valve. The pilot valve is operated to selectively control flow of the actuating fluid to the main valve so as to shift the main valve between desired operational positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Edward George Parkin, Michael Pearce, Julien Steimetz, Jonathan D. Marshall, D. Peter Johnson, Clint William Philbrick
  • Patent number: 10549517
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system for printing three-dimensional parts, the system comprising a heatable region, a receiving surface, a print head configured to print a three-dimensional part onto the receiving surface in a layer-by-layer manner along a printing axis, and a drive mechanism configured to index the receiving surface along the printing axis such that the receiving surface and at least a portion of the three-dimensional part out of the heated region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: STRATASYS, INC.
    Inventors: S. Scott Crump, Dominic F. Mannella, William J. Swanson, Kevin C. Johnson, Ronald G. Schloesser, Joseph E. LaBossiere, Richard Thomas Anderson, Michael D. Bosveld, Paul J. Leavitt
  • Publication number: 20200030938
    Abstract: A computing system may send and receive data from a variety of other devices, such as abrading tools and consumable abrasive products. The computing system may use this data for various purposes, such as tracking worker vibration dosage, monitoring inventory, promoting use of personal protective equipment, and other purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Orlin B. Knudson, Rufus C. Sanders, Joseph B. Eckel, Bradley M. Johnson, Karl M. Kropp, Richard L. Rylander, David H. Redinger, Ronald D. Jesme, Andrew R. Henry, Theo L. Simon, Paul H. R. Jolly, Justin Tungjunyatham, Marc A. Egeland, Michael W. Dolezal, Adam C. Nyland
  • Publication number: 20200030936
    Abstract: A computing system may send and receive data from a variety of other devices, such as abrading tools and consumable abrasive products. The computing system may use this data for various purposes, such as tracking worker vibration dosage, monitoring inventory, promoting use of personal protective equipment, and other purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Orlin B. Knudson, Rufus C. Sanders, Joseph B. Eckel, Bradley M. Johnson, Karl M. Kropp, Richard L. Rylander, David H. Redinger, Ronald D. Jesme, Andrew R. Henry, Theo L. Simon, Paul H. R. Jolly, Justin Tungjunyatham, Marc A. Egeland, Michael W. Dolezal, Adam C. Nyland
  • Patent number: 10541169
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to methods and a system for adjusting the chucking voltage of an electrostatic chuck. In one embodiment, a system for plasma processing a substrate includes a plasma processing chamber, a radio-frequency (RF) matching circuit coupled to the chamber, a sensor and a controller. The chamber includes a chamber body having an inner volume, a bipolar electrostatic chuck disposed in the inner volume and a power supply configured to provide chucking voltage to a pair of electrodes embedded within the electrostatic chuck. When plasma is energized within the chamber by the application of RF power through an RF matching circuit, the sensor is configured to detect a change in an electrical characteristic at the RF matching circuit. The controller is coupled to the power supply and configured to adjust the chucking voltage in response to the change in the electrical characteristic detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Chong Jiang, Lei Jing, Mingte Liu, Adolph Miller Allen, Michael W. Johnson, Pallavi Zhang, Michael D. Armacost
  • Patent number: 10528654
    Abstract: Examples related to facilitating analysis of an electrical power system are disclosed. One disclosed example provides a device comprising a display, a processor, and a storage device storing instructions executable by the processor to receive a request to operate in first and second input/output modes. In the first mode, the instructions are executable to display a graphical representation of an electrical power system illustrating components and connectivities in a schematic view, and receive a user input specifying a selected component of a plurality of candidate components and also an associated connectivity. The instructions are executable to display the selected component in the graphical representation of the electrical power system and store the selected component and associated connectivity in a data structure. In the second mode, the instructions are executable to display a text-based representation of the distribution system organizing the components and connectivities in a tabular view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: EASYPOWER LLC
    Inventors: Shaun McAravey, Eric Lee Johnson, Michael D. Koch, Theodore G. Balderree, II, Carol Anne Morgan, Alan Ricker, Kevin Bates
  • Patent number: 10526986
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a method of controlling an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system of an engine system includes determining a first EGR command according to a first method during a steady state engine condition, determining a second EGR command according to a second method during a transient engine condition, wherein the first method is based at least in part on values from a NOx sensor, and the second method is not based on values from a NOx sensor. The method further includes adjusting an EGR valve of the EGR system based on the first EGR command during the steady state engine condition, and adjusting the EGR valve based on the second EGR command during the transient engine condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventors: Reddy P. S. Sankara, Steven D. Johnson, Liangtao Zhu, Michael B. Goetzke
  • Patent number: 10521622
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to a test card for use in automated testing of a POS terminal. In some embodiments, the test card comprises a substrate including at least one track, wherein the substrate is configured to interact with a magnetic card reader, an electrical contact configured to receive magnetic stripe data from a database, and an electrical trace, wherein the electrical trace is programmable with respect to the received magnetic stripe data, wherein the electrical trace forms a continuous conductive pathway, wherein the electrical trace forms a stair step configuration comprising a plurality of linear segments including a first set of linear segments and a second set of linear segments, wherein the second set of linear segments includes at least one segment, and wherein the at least one segment connects ones of the first set of linear segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Johnson, Michael A. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20190389150
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a composite object. A first plurality of tows is laid up over a tool according to a first path. A second plurality of tows is laid up over the tool according to a second path. A first portion of the first plurality of tows runs non-parallel to a second portion of the second plurality of tows. First ends of the first portion of the first plurality of tows and second ends of the second portion of the second plurality of tows meet at a merge zone along the tool to form a ply of a composite laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Kenneth-Que Louie, Jeron D. Moore, Gagandeep Saini, Luis A. Perla, Brice Aaron Johnson, Stewart James Ibbotson, Timothy D. Jackson, Robert G. Meyer, Robert Graham Albers
  • Publication number: 20190388551
    Abstract: Described herein are block copolymers, and methods of making and utilizing such copolymers. The described block copolymers are disruptive of a cellular membrane, including an extracellular membrane, an intracellular membrane, a vesicle, an organelle, an endosome, a liposome, or a red blood cell. Preferably, in certain instances, the block copolymer disrupts the membrane and enters the intracellular environment. In specific examples, the block copolymer is endosomolytic and capable of delivering an oligonucleotide (e.g., an mRNA) to a cell. Compositions comprising a block copolymer and an oligonucleotide (e.g., an mRNA) are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: GENEVANT SCIENCES GMBH
    Inventors: Sean D. MONAHAN, Michael S. DeCLUE, Pierrot HARVIE, Russell N. JOHNSON, Amber E. PASCHAL, Mary G. PRIEVE, Debashish ROY, Charbel DIAB, Michael E. HOUSTON, Anna GALPERIN, Maher QABAR
  • Publication number: 20190389149
    Abstract: A method and system for forming a composite laminate. A layup plan is generated for laying up a plurality of plies having a plurality of merge zones, each ply of the plurality of plies having a corresponding merge zone at which ends of a first plurality of tows for each ply and ends of a second plurality of tows for each ply meet. The locations of the plurality of merge zones are offset relative to each other through a thickness of the composite laminate. The plurality of plies is then laid up according to the layup plan to form a composite laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Jeron D. Moore, Michael Kenneth-Que Louie, Gagandeep Saini, Luis A. Perla, Brice Aaron Johnson, Stewart James Ibbotson, Robert G. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10515519
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to automating testing of transactions at a point-of-sale (POS) terminal. In some embodiments, a system comprises a handheld scanner including an electronic switch electrically coupled to a physical trigger of the handheld scanner, wherein the handheld scanner is configured to read a product identifier, a first display device configured to present the product identifier, the POS terminal including a second display device configured to present a transaction record for a transaction, and a control circuit configured to determine a test case to execute, determine the product identifier, cause presentation of the product identifier, transmit a signal that mimics a pull of the trigger, capture, from the second display device, an image including at least a portion of the transaction record, and analyze the image to determine whether the transaction record includes a record associated with the product identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Johnson, Timothy M. Fenton, Michael A. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20190385811
    Abstract: An ion source having dual indirectly heated cathodes is disclosed. Each of the cathodes may be independently biased relative to its respective filament so as to vary the profile of the beam current that is extracted from the ion source. In certain embodiments, the ion source is used in conjunction with an ion implanter. The ion implanter comprises a beam profiler to measure the current of the ribbon ion beam as a function of beam position. A controller uses this information to independently control the bias voltages of the two indirectly heated cathodes so as to vary the uniformity of the ribbon ion beam. In certain embodiments, the current passing through each filament may also be independently controlled by the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Bon-Woong Koo, Jun Lu, Frank Sinclair, Eric D. Hermanson, Joseph E. Pierro, Michael D. Johnson, Michael S. DeLucia, Antonella Cucchetti
  • Publication number: 20190368436
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a method of controlling an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system of an engine system includes determining a first EGR command according to a first method during a steady state engine condition, determining a second EGR command according to a second method during a transient engine condition, wherein the first method is based at least in part on values from a NOx sensor, and the second method is not based on values from a NOx sensor. The method further includes adjusting an EGR valve of the EGR system based on the first EGR command during the steady state engine condition, and adjusting the EGR valve based on the second EGR command during the transient engine condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventors: Reddy P.S. SANKARA, Steven D. JOHNSON, Liangtao ZHU, Michael B. GOETZKE
  • Patent number: 10494145
    Abstract: A storage container with a spout is provided that can store a coating material. The storage container can include a container body having a shape, which may be a circular shape, polygonal shape, or a rounded-polygonal shape. The container body includes a side wall having first and second ends. The storage container with a spout can include a first opening with a corresponding lid and the spout providing a second opening with a corresponding cap. The storage container can further include a handle formed with an aperture through a side of the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Sherwin-Williams Company
    Inventors: Richard D. Hudson, James J. Johnson, Gustavo A. Morales, Edward Ray Goodwin, Jr., Michael C. Lambertson, Jr., Charles T. Buckel, Jr.
  • Patent number: D873667
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventors: Richard D. Hudson, James J. Johnson, Gustavo A. Morales, Edward R. Goodwin, Jr., Michael C. Lambertson, Jr., Charles T. Buckel, Jr.
  • Patent number: D879046
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Michael S. Wladyka, Keith David Johnson, Jason L. Strader, Mark D. Kittel, Jingting Yang