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).

  • Patent number: 10315021
    Abstract: A microneedle patch includes a base, at least one collapsible side wall extending from the base, and a lip disposed along the at least one collapsible sidewall and opposite the base. An adhesive is disposed along the base, and a microneedle array is affixed to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Franklyn L. Frederickson, Michael D. Johnson, David J. Wirtanen
  • Patent number: 10307578
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Franklyn L. Frederickson, Michael D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10307697
    Abstract: Filters for use in conjunction with valves of the faucet or spigot type, and to filters for use in devices for withdrawing liquids from containers at relatively low pressures, such as gravity feed jugs or other gravity feed reservoirs. A ΒΌ-turn attachment scheme for connecting a filter cartridge to a gravity feed reservoir, such as within a beverage making/dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KX Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Blake Savoy, Keith D. Johnson, Michael J. Sherman, Frank A. Brigano, Richard A. Kirchner, Paul A. Pilosi, Jason J. Ness, Kelly Boudreau, Stephen P. Huda, Teddy Howlett, Peter Cook
  • Patent number: 10300281
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Michael J. Joyner, Bruce D. Johnson, Thomas P. Olson
  • Publication number: 20190156072
    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: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher D. Johnson, Michael A. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20190156638
    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: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher D. Johnson, Timothy M. Fenton, Michael A. Ryan
  • Patent number: 10290189
    Abstract: An automated banking machine operative to cause financial transfers responsive to data read from data bearing records. The automated banking machine includes a card reader that is operative to read card data from user cards corresponding to financial accounts. The automated banking machine is operative responsive to the card data to carry out transactions that transfer and/or allocate funds between accounts. The automated banking machine is further operative to provide users with a receipt for transactions conducted. The automated banking machine includes a cash dispenser operative to dispense cash to machine users and to cause the value of cash to be assessed to financial accounts corresponding to card data. The automated banking machine is further operative to receive currency bills or other sheets from a user and to process and store such sheets through operation of a currency accepting device. The account corresponding to card data may be credited for the value of bills or other sheets received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Eastman, Brian Jones, Michael S. Johnson, Shawn Griggy, Jeff A. Brannan, Michael J. Harty, Robert W. Barnett, Eric S. VanKeulen, Mike P. Ryan, William D. Beskitt, Kenneth Turocy
  • Patent number: 10175238
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of determining the presence or absence of abnormal lymphoid cells or abnormal myeloid cells in a cell sample, with the methods comprising subjecting the cell sample to conditions that will activate any inactive matriptase present in the cell sample and measuring the levels of activated matriptase in the cell sample. Once measured, these levels can then be compared to control levels of active matriptase to determine if the cell sample has elevated levels of activated matriptase over control levels of active matriptase. An elevation in the levels of activated matriptase in the cell sample is indicative that the cell sample contains abnormal lymphoid cells or abnormal myeloid cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Georgetown University
    Inventors: Chen-Yong Lin, Michael D. Johnson, Feng-Pai Chou
  • Publication number: 20180211808
    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: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Bon-Woong Koo, Jun Lu, Frank Sinclair, Eric D. Hermanson, Joseph E. Pierro, Michael D. Johnson, Michael S. DeLucia, Antonella Cucchetti
  • Patent number: 9978554
    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: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    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: 20180064524
    Abstract: A catheter assembly comprises a catheter having a distal end and a longitudinal axis, a stent disposed about the distal end of the catheter, and a stent protector. The stent protector has a stent covering portion disposed about the stent and a catheter engagement portion that removably engages the stent protector to the catheter assembly. The stent covering portion is disposed about the stent without substantially engaging the stent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: JOEL WASDYKE, MICHAEL D. JOHNSON, SHAWN SORENSON, RAYMOND ADNEY, RAM PERIAKARUPPAN, MATT HEIDNER, SEAN MCNULTY, PU ZHOU
  • Patent number: 9814557
    Abstract: A catheter assembly comprises a catheter having a distal end and a longitudinal axis, a stent disposed about the distal end of the catheter, and a stent protector. The stent protector has a stent covering portion disposed about the stent and a catheter engagement portion that removably engages the stent protector to the catheter assembly. The stent covering portion is disposed about the stent without substantially engaging the stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Wasdyke, Michael D. Johnson, Shawn Sorenson, Raymond Adney, Ram Periakaruppan, Matt Heidner, Sean McNulty, Pu Zhou
  • Patent number: 9789249
    Abstract: An applicator device including a housing, an impactor for impacting a microneedle array and accelerating the microneedle array toward the target site, wherein the impactor is capable of moving along an arcuate path to move the microneedle array toward the target site. Also, an applicator device including a housing, a patch applicator pivotally supported by the housing, and a torsion spring. The patch applicator has a retaining portion and a patch contacting portion, and the patch contacting portion is capable of moving along a substantially arcuate path between a first position and a second position. The torsion spring is capable of biasing the patch applicator relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Franklyn L. Frederickson, Michael D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20170266428
    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: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Franklyn L. Frederickson, Michael D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20170258713
    Abstract: A microneedle patch includes a base, at least one collapsible side wall extending from the base, and a lip disposed along the at least one collapsible sidewall and opposite the base. An adhesive is disposed along the base, and a microneedle array is affixed to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: FRANKLYN L. FREDERICKSON, MICHAEL D. JOHNSON, DAVID J. WIRTANEN
  • Publication number: 20150338409
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of determining the presence or absence of abnormal lymphoid cells or abnormal myeloid cells in a cell sample, with the methods comprising subjecting the cell sample to conditions that will activate any inactive matriptase present in the cell sample and measuring the levels of activated matriptase in the cell sample. Once measured, these levels can then be compared to control levels of active matriptase to determine if the cell sample has elevated levels of activated matriptase over control levels of active matriptase. An elevation in the levels of activated matriptase in the cell sample is indicative that the cell sample contains abnormal lymphoid cells or abnormal myeloid cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Chen-Yong Lin, Michael D. Johnson, Feng-Pai Chou
  • Publication number: 20140330209
    Abstract: An applicator device including a housing, an impactor for impacting a microneedle array and accelerating the microneedle array toward the target site, wherein the impactor is capable of moving along an arcuate path to move the microneedle array toward the target site. Also, an applicator device including a housing, a patch applicator pivotally supported by the housing, and a torsion spring. The patch applicator has a retaining portion and a patch contacting portion, and the patch contacting portion is capable of moving along a substantially arcuate path between a first position and a second position. The torsion spring is capable of biasing the patch applicator relative to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: FRANKLYN L. FREDERICKSON, MICHAEL D. JOHNSON
  • Patent number: 8784363
    Abstract: An applicator device (20) including a housing (22), an impactor (62) for impacting a microneedle array and accelerating the microneedle array toward the target site, wherein the impactor is capable of moving along an arcuate path to move the microneedle array toward the target site. Also, an applicator device including a housing, a patch applicator pivotally supported by the housing, and a torsion spring. The patch applicator has a retaining portion (40) and a patch contacting portion (70), and the patch contacting portion is capable of moving along a substantially arcuate path between a first position and a second position. The torsion spring is capable of biasing the patch applicator relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Franklyn L. Frederickson, Michael D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8368876
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calibrating a LIDAR unit. In one embodiment, a system includes a light pulse detection unit, a delay unit and a two-dimensional target. The light pulse detection unit receives a light pulse from the LIDAR unit. The delay unit produces one or more delayed light pulses which are delayed by a known interval from the light pulse received from the LIDAR unit. The delayed light pulses are used to illuminate the target. Target illumination from each of the delayed light pulses returns to the LIDAR unit with a corresponding known delay. The delay of each delayed light pulse simulates a range that is greater than the actual physical distance from the LIDAR unit to the target. The delay of the light pulses from different parts of the target may be different to simulate different ranges for the different parts of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Odyssey Space Research, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael D. Johnson, Dwight E. Andrews
  • Publication number: 20120047626
    Abstract: A seamless, form-fitting glove having improved comfort and chemical permeation resistance and a method of manufacture. The glove is multi-layered and formed utilizing a standard, latex dip line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Johnson