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: 20190357934
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure relate to devices, systems, and methods for tissue resection in a body lumen of a patient, and may include a body extending along an axis and a distal cap positioned distally of the body and coupled to a shaft extending along the axis. The body and the distal cap may be movable relative to each other. An anchoring mechanism may be capable of engaging the body and the distal cap proximate a selected tissue for resection in the body lumen. A tissue capture device may be deployable from the tissue resection device such that a selected tissue for resection is securable by the tissue capture device. The tissue resection device may further include a tissue resecting device for resecting the selected tissue for resection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Michael M. Borek, Micah Flock, Julianne Grainger, Christopher A. Olmeda, Katie Olmeda, Rachel M. Williams, Morgan Zhu, John B. Golden, Chris Jicka, Austin G. Johnson, Caleb A. Valdes, Serena Scott, Michael K. Ford, Kyle P. Moore, Janice Courtois, Prashanth Somasundaram, Ryan V. Wales, Scott E. Brechbiel, Rachael Campion, Tara A. Jarobski, Danny S. Lee, Alexander J. Burnham, Christopher K. Oto, Nicholas J. Mazzola, Kevin L. Bagley, Shaun D. Comee
  • Publication number: 20190360135
    Abstract: A web of nonwoven fabric suitable for, e.g., the loop portion of a hook-and-loop fastening system. The method for making this material relies on differential shrinkage of different layers to cause the loops to self-form. The method is robust and simpler than that previously used for similar constructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Michael R. Berrigan, Zackary J. Becker, Daniel E. Johnson, Jimmy M. Le, John D. Stelter, Shou-Lu G. Wang, Robert C. Etter
  • Patent number: 10490685
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Richard M. Swanson, Marius M. Bunea, Michael C. Johnson, David D. Smith, Yu-Chen Shen, Peter J. Cousins, Tim Dennis
  • Publication number: 20190343141
    Abstract: A plant-based soluble dietary fiber formulation can be used as an oil and fat substitute. It can be a fluid or solid (frozen or dry). The oil and fat substitute can be an aqueous mixture, comprising soluble dietary fiber. This mixture can be used in cooking, sautéing, baking, and food preparation in place of oils and fats. The oil and fat substitute can be in dry form and used in dry mixes for baking, sauces, gravies, dressings, and the like in place of oils and fats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Michael T. Bunczek, Fulya Eren, Martha E. Cassens, Phyllis D. Thompson, Kelly J. Johnson, Helene M. Chaisson
  • Publication number: 20190336386
    Abstract: A reduced pressure delivery system for applying reduced pressure tissue treatment to a tissue site is provided. The system includes a manifold delivery tube and a balloon having an inner space. The balloon is capable of assuming collapsed and expanded positions. The system further includes a manifold having a plurality of flow channels. The manifold is disposed within the inner space of the balloon. A sharp tip is configured to be delivered within the manifold delivery tube to puncture the balloon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Royce W. JOHNSON, Larry D. SWAIN, Douglas A. CORNET, Michael E. MANWARING, Jonathan KAGAN
  • Publication number: 20190331066
    Abstract: An EGR cooler may include an EGR cooler housing having top, bottom and side walls, inlet and outlet end walls disposed at opposite ends, and a longitudinal axis extending in a direction of exhaust gas flow from the inlet end to the outlet end. A plurality of cooling tubes extend through the EGR cooler between the top and bottom walls, and are arranged in a cooling tube array to form an exhaust gas receiving area at an upstream side of the cooling tube array proximate the inlet end wall so that exhaust gas flowing into the EGR cooler through an exhaust gas inlet opening will flow into the exhaust gas receiving area and then disperse through the cooling tube array. A pitch distance between the cooling tubes may be greater proximate the longitudinal axis than proximate the side walls to promote flow through, instead of around, the cooling tube array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventors: Sudarshan Kedarnath Loya, Steven D. Johnson, Vijaya Kumar, Laura Elise Rasmussen, Adarsh Gopinathan Nair, Michael B. Goetzke
  • Patent number: 10458860
    Abstract: Provided is a system for directly sensing, measuring, or monitoring the temperature of an electrical conductor (31) of a power cable (10). A temperature sensitive capacitor (21C) is disposed in direct thermal contact with the electrical conductor (31). The temperature sensitive capacitor (21C) includes a dielectric material that has a dielectric constant variable with the temperature of the electrical conductor (31). The temperature of the electrical conductor (31) can be sensed, measured, or monitored by measuring the capacitance of the temperature sensitive capacitor (21C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Zhiguo Wen, Jaewon Kim, Justin M. Johnson, Xeutao Yu, David V. Mahoney, Michael D. Benson, Christopher D. Sebesta, Myungchan Kang
  • Publication number: 20190322673
    Abstract: The present invention provides compounds of Formula I, or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, pharmaceutical compositions thereof, and methods of use thereof for treating cellular proliferative disorders (e.g., cancer).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: David J. Lauffer, Guy Bemis, Michael Boyd, David Deininger, Hongbo Deng, Warren Dorsch, Wenxin Gu, Russell R. Hoover, Mac Arthur Johnson, JR., Mark Willem Ledeboer, Brian Ledford, Francois Maltais, Marina Penney, Darin Takemoto, Nathan D. Waal, Tiansheng Weng
  • Publication number: 20190322658
    Abstract: The present invention provides compounds of Formula I?, or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, pharmaceutical compositions thereof, and methods of use thereof for treating cellular proliferative disorders (e.g., cancer).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Henry Yu, Michael Clark, Guy Bemis, Michael Boyd, Kishan Chandupatla, Philip Collier, Hongbo Deng, Huijun Dong, Warren Dorsch, Russell R. Hoover, Mac Arthur Johnson, JR., Shashank Kukarni, Marina Penney, Steven Ronkin, Darin Takemoto, Qing Tang, Nathan D. Waal, Tiansheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10446372
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Bon-Woong Koo, Jun Lu, Frank Sinclair, Eric D. Hermanson, Joseph E. Pierro, Michael D. Johnson, Michael S. DeLucia, Antonella Cucchetti
  • Publication number: 20190269923
    Abstract: This document provides methods and materials for modulating afferent nerve signals to treat medical conditions such as CHF, CHF respiration, dyspnea, peripheral vascular disease (e.g., peripheral arterial disease or venous insufficiency), hypertension (e.g., age-associated hypertension, resistant hypertension, or chronic refractory hypertension), COPD, sleep apnea, and chronic forms of lung disease where muscle dysfunction is a part of the disease pathophysiology. For example, methods and materials involved in using electrical and/or chemical techniques to block or reduce afferent nerve signals (e.g., nerve signals of group III and/or IV afferents coming from skeletal muscle and/or the kidneys) are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Michael j. Joyner, Bruce D. Johnson, Thomas P. Olson
  • Patent number: 10398621
    Abstract: A reduced pressure delivery system for applying reduced pressure tissue treatment to a tissue site is provided. The system includes a manifold delivery tube and a balloon having an inner space. The balloon is capable of assuming collapsed and expanded positions. The system further includes a manifold having a plurality of flow channels. The manifold is disposed within the inner space of the balloon. A sharp tip is configured to be delivered within the manifold delivery tube to puncture the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Royce W. Johnson, Larry D. Swain, Douglas A. Cornet, Michael Manwaring, Jonathan Kagan
  • Publication number: 20190240470
    Abstract: A microneedle array cartridge includes a web of material having a top face and an opposite bottom face. An adhesive and a microneedle array are disposed on the bottom face of the web of material. A container is disposed relative to the bottom face of the web of material, and has a perimeter portion and a central portion for covering at least part of the microneedle array. At least part of the perimeter portion of the container contacts the adhesive, and the central portion of the container does not contact the adhesive. The perimeter portion and the central portion of the container are integrally formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Franklyn L. Frederickson, Michael D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190216493
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The acoustic waveguide comprises a flexible portion. The articulation section is coupled with the shaft. A portion of the articulation section encompasses the flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation section comprises a plurality of body portions aligned along the longitudinal axis and a flexible locking member. The flexible locking member is operable to secure the body portions in relation to each other and in relation to the shaft. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section to thereby deflect the end effector from the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Benjamin J. Danziger, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Brian D. Black, Cara L. Shapiro, Charles J. Scheib, Craig N. Faller, Daniel J. Mumaw, David J. Cagle, David T. Martin, David A. Monroe, Disha V. Labhasetwar, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick L. Estera, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Gregory W. Johnson, Jacob S. Gee, Jason R. Sullivan, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Jeffrey S. Swayze, John A. Hibner, John B. Schulte, Joseph E. Hollo, Kristen G. Denzinger, Kristen L. D'Uva, Matthew C. Miller, Michael R. Lamping, Richard W. Timm, Rudolph H. Nobis, Ryan M. Asher, Stephen M. Leuck, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, William B. Weisenburgh, II, William A. Olson
  • Publication number: 20190221079
    Abstract: A gaming system is disclosed that includes a server connected to automatically control operation of one or more banks of gaming machines. Additionally disclosed are gaming machines with video cameras connected to provide live video feed to one or more displays, such as during tournament play when live video feed of the players and the player tournament positions may be driven in real-time to an overhead display by the server operating in a tournament controller mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: Everi Games Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Carpenter, Keith Riggs, Allison Pope, Michael D. Conway, Clint Owen, Bradley W. Johnson, JP Cody
  • Publication number: 20190193660
    Abstract: A knitted structure is configured for heat generation and distribution. In some embodiments, the knitted structure includes a knitted fabric including a first knitted layer and a second knitted layer opposite the first knitted layer. The first knitted layer has a first thermal conductivity. The second knitted layer has a second thermal conductivity. The second thermal conductivity is greater than the first thermal conductivity to faciliate heat transfer toward the first knitted layer. The knitted structure may further include a plurality of electrodes at least partially disposed inside the knitted fabric. Each of the plurality of electrodes is configured to generate heat within the knitted fabric upon receipt of electrical energy in order to distribute heat along the knitted structure and toward the first knitted layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul W. Alexander, Nancy L. Johnson, Kuo-Huey Chen, Nilesh D. Mankame, Steven C. Lang, Michael S. Foos, Suzanne M. Cody-Gump
  • Publication number: 20190198292
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing a ribbon ion beam in a beam line implantation system is disclosed. The system includes a mass resolving apparatus having a resolving aperture, in which the resolving aperture may be moved in the X and Z directions. Additionally, a controller is able to manipulate the mass analyzer and quadrupole lenses so that the crossover point of desired ions can also be moved in the X and Z directions. By manipulating the crossover point and the resolving aperture, the parameters of the ribbon ion beam may be manipulated to achieve a desired result. Movement of the crossover point in the X direction may affect the mean horizontal angle of the beamlets, while movement of the crossover point in the Z direction may affect the horizontal angular spread and beam current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Bon-Woong Koo, Robert C. Lindberg, Eric D. Hermanson, Frank Sinclair, Antonella Cucchetti, Randy Martin, Michael D. Johnson, Ana Samolov, Svetlana B. Radovanov
  • Patent number: 10322028
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering therapeutic agent to an eye comprises a body, a cannula, a hollow needle, an actuation assembly, and a detection/visualization system. The cannula extends distally from the body and is sized and configured to be insertable between a choroid and a sclera of a patient's eye. The actuation assembly is operable to actuate the needle relative to the cannula to thereby drive a distal portion of the needle along an exit axis. The cannula may be inserted through a sclerotomy incision and advanced through the choroid to deliver the therapeutic agent adjacent to the potential space between the neurosensory retina and the retinal pigment epithelium layer. The detection/visualization system is operable to detect or visualize penetration of the choroid of a patient's eye and provide feedback to the operator and/or automatic control of the apparatus based on penetration of the choroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ORBIT BIOMEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Daniel W. Price, Brendan J. Oberkircher, Saeed Sokhanvar, Daniel J. Yasevac, Michel Bruehwiler, Leah R. Soffer, Gregory W. Johnson, William D. Dannaher, Stefan Troller, Urban Schnell, Jean Christophe Roulet, Alain Saurer, Michael F. Keane
  • Publication number: 20190177024
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and program product monitor a wrap force during a wrap cycle to dynamically control the dispense rate of a packaging material dispenser to meet a desired containment force to be applied to a load. A conversion may be performed between wrap force and containment force for the monitored wrap force or a containment force parameter to facilitate the performance of a comparison between the monitored wrap force and a containment force parameter associated with the desired containment force to be applied to the load. A wrap force parameter may also be dynamically adjusted, and in some instances, the dynamic adjustment may be responsive to monitored wrap force, and may be used to meet a load containment force requirement for a load. In other instances, the dynamic adjustment may be responsive to monitored packaging material breaks to reduce the occurrence of packaging material breaks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Michael P. Mitchell, Richard L. Johnson, Jeremy D. McCray
  • Publication number: 20190177023
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and program product monitor a wrap force during a wrap cycle to dynamically control the dispense rate of a packaging material dispenser to meet a desired containment force to be applied to a load. A conversion may be performed between wrap force and containment force for the monitored wrap force or a containment force parameter to facilitate the performance of a comparison between the monitored wrap force and a containment force parameter associated with the desired containment force to be applied to the load. A wrap force parameter may also be dynamically adjusted, and in some instances, the dynamic adjustment may be responsive to monitored wrap force, and may be used to meet a load containment force requirement for a load. In other instances, the dynamic adjustment may be responsive to monitored packaging material breaks to reduce the occurrence of packaging material breaks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick R. Lancaster, III, Michael P. Mitchell, Richard L. Johnson, Jeremy D. McCray