Patents by Inventor Michael Fowler

Michael Fowler 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: 20110018192
    Abstract: System and methods for directing sheet media to one of multiple output paths is described. A multi-path gating system includes a multi-positionable gate including a fixed pivotable input end for receiving sheet media and a movable output end for routing the sheet media to one of multiple output paths. The multi-path gating system also includes an actuator configured to control the position of the output end of the multi-positionable gate, wherein the actuator orients the output end of the gate forming an output path for the sheet media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: KENNETH PAUL MOORE, WILLIAM HOLLENBAUGH, JR., KRISTEN L. LaDUE, JEFFREY MICHAEL FOWLER, BIN ZHANG
  • Patent number: 7841046
    Abstract: The invention discloses a height adjusting apparatus for a vacuum cleaner nozzle, comprising: a barrel with a vertical passage, a groove module is formed on the inner surface of the barrel, said groove module comprises an upper groove, a lower groove, which has at least a first positioning point, a second positioning point differing from first positioning point in height and a intermediate point between the two positioning points; a resilient member, a lifting member, a driven member and a driving member are arranged in the passage of barrel from down to up. The height adjusting apparatus could be adjusted by applying a pressure force downwardly in vertical direction (for example, press by foot) and that takes less labor and time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Care Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Fowler, Zu Gen Ni
  • Publication number: 20100080628
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) useful in charging a photoconductor in printing is disclosed. The apparatus can include a scorotron insulator (200) having a longitudinal axis, where the scorotron insulator can have a first insulator end at one end of the longitudinal axis and a second insulator end at an opposite end of the longitudinal axis. The scorotron insulator can include at least one first spring integrated into the scorotron insulator at an insulator end and at least one second spring integrated into the scorotron insulator at an insulator end. The apparatus can include a scorotron charging grid (300) coupled to the at least one first spring at an insulator end of the scorotron insulator and coupled to another insulator end of the scorotron insulator, where the scorotron charging grid can include an electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jeffrey Michael FOWLER
  • Publication number: 20090227862
    Abstract: An implantable access port for use in transferring a fluid transdermally between an external fluid storage or dispensing device and a site within a patient's body is disclosed. The access port includes a base, a bowl-shaped reservoir defined within the base by a smooth surfaced wall, and a septum secured to the base and enclosing the reservoir within the base. The access port also has an outlet passageway defined within the base and extending in communication with a reservoir outlet defined within the reservoir and an external opening defined in the exterior of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: A. David Smith, Michael Fowler, Barry G. Hanson, Blaine Johnson, Daniel K. Recinella, Brian Keese, Steven Kenny
  • Publication number: 20090118683
    Abstract: An implantable access port for use in transferring fluid transdermally between an external fluid storage or dispensing device and a site within a patient is disclosed. The access port includes a body, at least two reservoirs defined within the access port body, and at least one septum secured to the body and enclosing the reservoirs within the body. The access port also includes reservoir outlets defined within the reservoirs. The access port also has body conduits defined within the body and in fluid communication with the reservoir outlets and external openings defined in the exterior of the body. An implantable access port and system for use in apheresis is also provided that includes an implantable access port, at least one needle, and a catheter that is fluidly connected to the access port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Barry G. Hanson, Brian Keese, A. David Smith, Michael Fowler, Blaine Johnson, Daniel K. Recinella, James Steve Kenny
  • Publication number: 20060184141
    Abstract: An implantable access port for use in transferring a fluid transdermally between an external fluid storage or dispensing device and a site within a patient's body is disclosed. The access port includes a base, a bowl-shaped reservoir defined within the base by a smooth surfaced wall, and a septum secured to the base and enclosing the reservoir within the base. The access port also includes a reservoir outlet defined centrally within the reservoir. The bowl-shaped reservoir is defined by a continuous smooth-surfaced curvilinear wall. The reservoir may thus be sized and shaped as a parabola, or may be hemispherical or semi-hemispherical in cross-section. The reservoir outlet is defined at a center point on the bottom of the reservoir wall, may be partially or fully recessed within the bottom of the reservoir wall, and is also defined in the base tangentially with respect to the bottom of the reservoir wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Publication date: August 17, 2006
    Inventors: David Smith, Michael Fowler
  • Patent number: 6997914
    Abstract: An implantable access port for use in transferring a fluid transdermally between an external fluid storage or dispensing device and a site within a patient's body is disclosed. The access port includes a base, a bowl-shaped reservoir defined within the base by a smooth surfaced wall, and a septum secured to the base and enclosing the reservoir within the base. The access port also includes a reservoir outlet defined centrally within the reservoir. The bowl-shaped reservoir is defined by a continuous smooth-surfaced curvilinear wall. The reservoir may thus be sized and shaped as a parabola, or may be hemispherical or semi-hemispherical in cross-section. The reservoir outlet is defined at a center point on the bottom of the reservoir wall, may be partially or fully recessed within the bottom of the reservoir wall, and is also defined in the base tangentially with respect to the bottom of the reservoir wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Horizon Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Smith, Michael Fowler
  • Publication number: 20050231399
    Abstract: A serializer and a deserializer are disclosed and shown operating singly or as a pair. The invention operates independently from any outside system reference clock. The inventive system provides an internal bit clock that serializes the data when sending and de-serializes the data when receiving. A bit clock or pulse travels with the data word bits to define when a bit is stable. The system uses word boundary bits operating with a bit clock to distinguish different data words, as described in the parent application. The system operates either synchronously or asynchronously with the base computer or other such digital system, including I/O devices. The invention finds use where new data to be sent is strobed into the serializer, but also where a change in the data bit content itself will cause the changed data to be loaded into the serializer and sent bit by bit. The system operates where new data is strobed or loaded by the serializer (not the base computer system) when the last data word has been sent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Publication date: October 20, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Fowler, James Boomer
  • Publication number: 20050219083
    Abstract: A bi-directional serializer/deserializer is disclosed using a single bi-directional data line and a single bi-directional clock line. Gated buffers are controlled to operate either sending or receiving data, and a phase locked loop provides a clock to shift data out from a shift register. A reference clock is supplied to the PLL and the PLL generates a synchronous bit clock. The bit clock is sent over the clock line in parallel with the serial data bits, and the PLL bit clock is synchronized to the data bits. The receiving system will use the bit clock to serial load a receiving shift register. When a word is received a word clock is available to inform the receiving system. An embodiment of the system sends data to a receiving system using a clock generated at the sending system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: James Boomer, Michael Fowler
  • Publication number: 20050207280
    Abstract: A bi-directional serializer/deserializer is disclosed using a single bi-directional data line and a single bi-directional clock line. Gated buffers are controlled to operate either sending or receiving data, and a phase locked loop provides a clock to shift data out from a shift register. A reference clock is supplied to the PLL and the PLL generates a synchronous bit clock. The bit clock is sent over the clock line in parallel with the serial data bits, and the PLL bit clock is synchronized to the data bits. Two data boundary bits are inserted between the word data bits, the boundary data bits are arranged with a logic level transition between the two data boundary bits. Also, at the boundary of the words during the sending of the two boundary data bits, the synchronous bit clock is arranged to have no logic level transition. The receiving system will use the bit clock to serial load the received word and boundary data bits into a shift register.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Fowler, James Boomer, Nathan Charland
  • Patent number: 6899924
    Abstract: An undercoat composition comprises a film-forming synthetic resin and contains a non-volatile acidic aromatic polar organic compound in free acid or salt form, which compound facilitates the removal by a stripping composition of a top coat paint which is subsequently applied over the undercoat. A top coat composition for applying as the outer coating on a substrate comprises a film-forming synthetic resin having functional groups and a curing agent for crosslinking the synthetic resin and contains a non-volatile acidic aromatic polar organic compound in free acid or salt form, which compound facilitates the removal of the cured top coat by a stripping composition from a cured undercoat of similar composition which does not contain the said acidic aromatic polar organic compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: PRC-DeSoto International, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Carson, Rodney Ralph Brooks, Michael Fowler
  • Publication number: 20050040848
    Abstract: A programmable switch of three or more ports, each port having data lines separate from lines sharing control and addressing. The programmable switch includes internal logic control and electronic modules that accept and deserialize the control and address signals. The logic control directs the data in signals to one or more of the output data lines. Since the data and control and addressing lines are separate, the control may act concurrently with the data to direct the data properly. The sending unit must synchronize such operations to ensure data coherency and proper timing. The data signal path from any input to any or all outputs is designed to have, typically, only a single logic gate or on transistor switch delay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Inventor: Michael Fowler
  • Publication number: 20030172610
    Abstract: A safety device for preventing injury caused by the sharp cut ends of wire such as the wire used in suspended ceilings. The safety device is formed of a polymer material which can be a plenum rated material and includes a tubular section, the bore of which is open at one end and closed at the other end. The safety device also includes one or more wire gripping jaws, formed integrally with the tubular section, which project from the tubular section along its length. When using this safety device with a suspended ceiling, the sharp free end of the twisted wire is inserted into the open end of the tubular section which causes the one or more gripping jaws to grip the portion of the suspension wire that is extending down from the original ceiling. A relatively light pressure is applied to the device which causes the gripping jaws to open sufficiently to receive and grip the wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Fowler
  • Publication number: 20030130627
    Abstract: An implantable access port for use in transferring a fluid transdermally between an external fluid storage or dispensing device and a site within a patient's body is disclosed. The access port includes a base, a bowl-shaped reservoir defined within the base by a smooth surfaced wall, and a septum secured to the base and enclosing the reservoir within the base. The access port also includes a reservoir outlet defined centrally within the reservoir. The bowl-shaped reservoir is defined by a continuous smooth-surfaced curvilinear wall. The reservoir may thus be sized and shaped as a parabola, or may be hemispherical or semi-hemispherical in cross-section. The reservoir outlet is defined at a center point on the bottom of the reservoir wall, may be partially or fully recessed within the bottom of the reservoir wall, and is also defined in the base tangentially with respect to the bottom of the reservoir wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: David A. Smith, Michael Fowler
  • Publication number: 20020194166
    Abstract: A mechanism or computer system which aids the user in sifting through a list of search results from a search query on a collection of documents. It does so by 1) processing the list of search results, 2) extracting a list of keywords from the results, 3) presenting the keywords to the user, 4) allowing the user to select keywords and apply sifting operations to those keywords, and 5) producing a sifted list from the original list of search results using the user's selections. The sifted list may exclude some of the original search results and may reorder the remaining results to match the user's selections. Finally, this invention may provide a function to combine the user-selected keywords and sifting operations with the original query to produce a more restricted or refined query to resubmit to the search engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventor: Abraham Michael Fowler
  • Patent number: 6318608
    Abstract: A child carrier for supporting a child adjacent the back of a user's torso includes a forward portion having straps engageable with the user's torso for enabling the user to tote the child carrier in a hands-free manner. A rearward portion is generally rearward of and spaced from the forward portion and a seat portion is connected generally between the forward and rearward portions for supporting a child. A child compartment is between the forward and rearward portions and defined at least in part by the seat portion. A child safety harness includes at least two shoulder straps connected to the carrier at respective first ends of the shoulder straps and positioned in the child compartment to extend over the shoulders of the child when the child is placed on the seat portion. An adjustment strap is coupled to respective second ends of the shoulder straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: American Recreation Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Fowler, Christopher B. Lennert
  • Patent number: 6217945
    Abstract: In a process for overcoating a substrate having a cured primer coating with a curable topcoat which when cured is swellable by a stripping solvent, a non-volatile polar material is applied to the primed substrate from an aqueous liquid vehicle before coating with the topcoat. The polar material facilitates the removal of the topcoat from the primer by the stripping solvent, as is required for example when repainting aircraft. The polar material has sufficiently high affinity for the primer surface that it is not washed off the primer surface by water rinsing or by application of the topcoat paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: PRC-DeSoto International, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Fowler
  • Patent number: 5667501
    Abstract: A wound dressing comprises a chemically modified polymer which has a free radical activity in the DPPH Test in the range 15-80 percent. It may comprise a chemically modified polymer which carries at least one chemical group which is a persistent free radical or a precursor therefor. It may comprise a chemically modified polymer which carries at least one chemical group capable of reacting with molecular oxygen in a wound environment to form hydrogen peroxide. It may comprise a chemically modified polymer capable of stimulating the activity of macrophages or the proliferation of fibroblasts or both in a wound environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: University College Cardiff Consultants Limited
    Inventors: Michael Fowler, Thomas Richard Burrow, Terence Dudley Turner, Ryszard Jan Schmidt, Lip Yong Chung