Patents by Inventor Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston 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: 10959384
    Abstract: Provided herein are methodology and composition for use of any nut (such as almond, walnut, or pistachio) or legume (peanut) shell and/or husk material in a growing substrate, with or without other components such as peat, perlite, or coir; for plant growth, whether it be used in its whole form or some reduced form such as, having been chipped or ground, and whether composted or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: VERITAS SUBSTRATES, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Douglas Nelson, Michael Dean Nelson, Daniel Steven Nelson, David Johnston, Scott Charles Nelson
  • Publication number: 20210082315
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods that aid users with hearing and/or speech impediments to have a conversation with a remote phone number without human assistance. In one aspect, an application residing on a user's device, such as a smartphone, tablet computer, laptop, etc., may be used to initiate a phone call to a recipient. Upon initiating the phone call locally, a service residing on the server may receive a request to initiate a connection to the recipient. Once the recipient answers, the user may converse with the recipient by providing text input to their local app. The text input may be transmitted to the service. The service may use a text to speech converter to translate the received text to speech that can be delivered to the recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anirudh KOUL, Meher KASAM, Michael JOHNSTON, Swetha MACHANAVAJHALA, Elizabeth HALPER
  • Patent number: 10941797
    Abstract: In an aspect, provided is an adjustable telescoping assembly. The adjustable telescoping assembly comprises a first support member and a second support member that is slidable upon the first support member and which defines an interior volume. At least one damping element is provided that extends from outside the second support member, through the second support member into the interior volume and engages the first support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ERGOCENTRIC INC.
    Inventors: Terry Cassaday, Robert Michael Johnston, Robert Zakhour, Miles Keller
  • Publication number: 20210061538
    Abstract: Methods are provided for storing and preserving zucchini spirals, preferably so as to extend shelf life of the same. In one optional method, zucchini spirals are placed in a product containing space of a storage container atop a platform of a support structure. The storage container includes an internal compartment having the product containing space. The support structure defines the platform for supporting the zucchini spirals. The internal compartment further includes a reservoir, configured to retain liquid, below the platform. The platform and/or support structure are configured to direct liquid exuded from the zucchini spirals to the reservoir. Optionally, the reservoir comprises an absorbent material for absorbing liquid in the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Derek Riley, Michael Johnston, Neal Watson, John Belfance, Jonathan R. Freedman, Deepti S. Gupta, Franklin Lee Lucas, JR., Jason Pratt, Kathryn Perko, G. F. Alexia Gleason, Ethan Ross Perdue, James S. Hollinger
  • Publication number: 20210061537
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for storing and preserving product, such as to extend shelf life of the same. In one optional method, liquid-exuding product is placed in a product containing space of a container atop a platform of a support structure. The container can include an internal compartment having the product containing space. The structure can define the platform for supporting the product. The internal compartment can further include a reservoir, configured to retain liquid, below the platform. At least one of the platform or the support structure can be configured to direct liquid exuded from the product to the reservoir. Optionally, the reservoir comprises or contains an absorbent material for absorbing liquid in the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Derek Riley, Michael Johnston, Neal Watson, John Belfance, Jonathan R. Freedman, Deepti S. Gupta, Franklin Lee Lucas, Jr., Jason Pratt, Kathryn Perko, G. F. Alexia Gleason, Ethan Ross Perdue, James S. Hollinger
  • Patent number: 10938989
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method of continuous sentiment tracking and the determination of optimized agent actions through the training of sentiment models and applying the sentiment models to new incoming interactions. The system receives conversations comprising incoming interactions and agent actions and determines customer sentiment on a micro-interaction level for each incoming interaction. Based on interaction types, the system correlates the determined sentiment with the agent action received prior to the sentiment determination to create and train sentiment models. Sentiment models include agent action recommendations for a desired sentiment outcome. Once trained, the sentiment models can be applied to new incoming interactions to provide CSRs with actions that will yield a desired sentiment outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Verint Americas Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Johnston
  • Patent number: 10938988
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method of continuous sentiment tracking and the determination of optimized agent actions through the training of sentiment models and applying the sentiment models to new incoming interactions. The system receives conversations comprising incoming interactions and agent actions and determines customer sentiment on a micro-interaction level for each incoming interaction. Based on interaction types, the system corelates the determined sentiment with the agent action received prior to the sentiment determination to create and train sentiment models. Sentiment models include agent action recommendations for a desired sentiment outcome. Once trained, the sentiment models can be applied to new incoming interactions to provide CSRs with actions that will yield a desired sentiment outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Verint Americas Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Johnston
  • Patent number: 10925355
    Abstract: Functional jewelry is disclosed. A bracelet includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), a main control unit, and positional and situational sensors, typically including an accelerometer, as well as a decorative, interchangeable fascial layer. The bracelet may also include sensors such as capacitive touch sensors, a microphone, and a color sensor. A radio transceiver within the bracelet is adapted to implement a protocol such as BLUETOOTH® 4.0, and is adapted to allow the bracelet to communicate in peer-to-peer or master-slave mode. Two users can pair their bracelets in person, usually with a gestural trigger, for shared light displays, multi-player games, and other types of interactions. Larger groups can pair temporarily and contextually for multi-user displays and interactions, in an ad hoc network with distributed functions. Real-world interactions are communicated to a social network with profiles linked to the individual bracelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Loop Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Chinowsky, Martin Unger, Charles Borwick, Michael Bettua, Colin Bricken, Dav Lion, Kyle Johnston
  • Publication number: 20210045880
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an implant includes pre-selecting a designed porous microstructure having a lattice composed of cells, including selecting one or more predetermined cell topologies, selecting a predetermined porosity, cell strut thickness and packing factor of the lattice, and selecting an arrangement of the cells within the lattice to have a periodic and/or aperiodic arrangement. Additive manufacturing is used to form the designed porous lattice microstructure in at least a region of at least an external surface of the implant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Damiano PASINI, Michael TANZER, Sajad ARABNEJAD, Burnett JOHNSTON
  • Patent number: 10918805
    Abstract: An autoinjector apparatus is disclosed which comprises a single-use cassette and an autoinjector. The cassette comprises a housing and a sleeve movably disposed in the housing. A syringe may be disposed in the sleeve and secured therein with a lock cap. The lock cap is affixed to a distal end of the sleeve and contacts the distal end of the syringe. A shield remover extends through an opening in a proximal end of the housing for removing a needle shield which covers a needle of the syringe. A cassette identification arrangement is provided on a surface of the housing to enable the autoinjector to identify the cassette. The autoinjector is provided with a detector for reading the cassette identification arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: AMGEN INC.
    Inventors: Michael Denzer, Robert W. Swift, Neal Johnston, Gabriele Ganzitti, Kenneth R. Ewing, Suhas Krishna
  • Publication number: 20210039970
    Abstract: A desalination battery includes a working intercalation electrode in a first compartment, a counter intercalation electrode in a second compartment, both compartments including saline water solution with an elevated concentration of dissolved salts, an ion exchange membrane arranged between the compartments, a voltage source arranged to supply voltage to the electrodes, and a sacrificial compound configured to neutralize charge within the first compartment at a predetermined voltage while being consumed by oxidation or reduction reactions upon an activation of the working electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Michael METZGER, Soo KIM, Saravanan KUPPAN, Sondra HELLSTROM, Christina JOHNSTON, Nathan CRAIG, Jake CHRISTENSEN
  • Patent number: 10898115
    Abstract: Systems for applying a transcutaneous monitor to a person can include a telescoping assembly, a sensor, and a base with adhesive to couple the sensor to skin. The sensor can be located within the telescoping assembly while the base protrudes from a distal end of the system. The system can be configured to couple the sensor to the base by compressing the telescoping assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Halac, John Michael Gray, Neal Davis Johnston, Justen Deering England, Peter C. Simpson, Paul V. Neale, Jennifer Blackwell, Maria Noel Brown Wells, Kenneth Pirondini, Andrew Michael Reinhardt, Mark Douglas Kempkey
  • Publication number: 20210011390
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a system, a software application, and methods of a lithography process that provide at least one of the ability to decrease the stabilization time and write an exposure pattern into a photoresist on a substrate compensating for the change in the total pitch over a stabilization time. One embodiment of the system includes a slab, a stage disposed over the slab, a pair of supports disposed on the slab, a processing apparatus, and a chiller system. The pair of supports support a pair of tracks and the stage is configured to move along the pair of tracks. The processing apparatus has an apparatus support coupled to the slab and a processing unit supported by the apparatus support. The processing unit has a plurality of image projection systems. The chiller system has at least one fluid channel disposed in each track of the pair of tracks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Benjamin M. JOHNSTON, David Michael CORRIVEAU, Cheuk Ming LEE, Jae Myung YOO, WeiMin TAO, Antoine P. MANENS
  • Publication number: 20210008320
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a patient interface for sealed delivery of a flow of air at a continuously positive pressure with respect to ambient air pressure to an entrance to the patient's airways includes collecting anthropometric data of a patient's face. Anticipated considerations are identified from the collected anthropometric data during use of the patient interface. The collected anthropometric data is processed to provide a transformed data set based on the anticipated considerations, the transformed data set corresponding to at least one customised patient interface component. At least one patient interface component is modeled based on the transformed data set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Tzu-Chin Yu, Aaron Samuel Davidson, Rober Henry Frater, Benjamin Peter Johnston, Paul Jan Klasek, Robert Anthony Paterson, Quangang Yang, Gerald Michael Rummery, Priyanshu Gupta, Liam Holley, Gordon Joseph Malouf
  • Patent number: 10854110
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods that aid users with hearing and/or speech impediments to have a conversation with a remote phone number without human assistance. In one aspect, an application residing on a user's device, such as a smartphone, tablet computer, laptop, etc., may be used to initiate a phone call to a recipient. Upon initiating the phone call locally, a service residing on the server may receive a request to initiate a connection to the recipient. Once the recipient answers, the user may converse with the recipient by providing text input to their local app. The text input may be transmitted to the service. The service may use a text to speech converter to translate the received text to speech that can be delivered to the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anirudh Koul, Meher Kasam, Michael Johnston, Swetha Machanavajhala, Elizabeth Halper
  • Patent number: 10842634
    Abstract: An implant comprising a porous microstructure is disclosed which has an external surface, where at least a region of the external surface is formed of the porous microstructure. The microstructure is defined by at least one lattice of cells. Each cell has a predetermined cell topology and a plurality of edges. One or more of the edges of each cell connect to an adjacent cell along a corresponding edge thereof. Collectively, the cells have a periodic or aperiodic arrangement within the at least one lattice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: THE ROYAL INSTITUTION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING/MCGILL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Damiano Pasini, Michael Tanzer, Sajad Khanoki Arabnejad, Burnett Johnston
  • Patent number: 10845313
    Abstract: A real-time, on-line method and analytical system for determining halohydrocarbons in water which operate by (1) extracting on-line samples; (2) purging volatile halohydrocarbons from the water (e.g., with air or nitrogen); (3) carrying the purge gas containing the analytes of interest over a porous surface where the analytes are adsorbed; (4) recovering the analytes from the porous surface with heat (thermal desorption) or solvent (solvent elution) to drive the analytes into an organic chemical mixture; (5) generating an optical change (e.g., color change) in dependence upon a reaction involving the analytes and a pyridine derivative; and (6) measuring optical characteristics associated with the reaction to quantify the volatile halogenated hydrocarbon concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: AMS Trace Metals, Inc.
    Inventors: Harmesh K. Saini, Michael J. West, Qin Wang, James Garvey, Paul Rand, Mark Angelo, David Johnston, Robert Ormond, Ye Han
  • Publication number: 20200352160
    Abstract: Disclosed are antimicrobial releasing agents, methods of preparing the antimicrobial releasing agents, and entrained polymers containing antimicrobial releasing agents. The antimicrobial releasing agent is prepared with an acidified hydrophilic material with a pH below 3.5 as a carrier, an active compound, and a trigger. The entrained polymer of the invention releases an antimicrobial agent in gas form, such as ClO2, optionally over a range of concentration from 150 ppm to 1800 ppm per gram of the entrained polymer under certain tested conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jason Pratt, Jonathan R. Freedman, Deepti S. Gupta, Michael A. Johnston, John Belfance, William Frederick Spano
  • Patent number: 10823396
    Abstract: An insert for a radiant tube of a furnace including a first section adapted to absorb heat from combustion gases passing through the radiant tube and radiantly transfer the heat to a wall of the radiant tube and a second section for directing heat and gases in the radiant tube toward the first section of the insert and a system including a radiant tube and one or more such inserts. Also, a method of improving heat transfer from a radiant tube of a furnace to the material being heated including supplying an insert as described above and placing the insert into the radiant tube such that the first section corresponds to a portion of the radiant tube that is closest to the material being heated. Also, an insert for a radiant tube of a furnace including a ceramic body and a metal deposited on the surface of the ceramic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: PSNergy, LLC
    Inventors: Carl R. Nicolia, Paul Koch, Michael W. Alabran, Christopher M. Wyant, John Williams, Ryan Purtel, Benjamin Johnston, Tyler Schnieder, Carey Rozanski
  • Patent number: 10819856
    Abstract: Methods for handling traffic between a first network including a virtual communication platform and a second network, such as a circuit-switched network, include inserting customer identifiers into data packets. For traffic sent to the second network, the packets with the identifiers are transmitted to a trunking service that uses the identifier to determine one or more applicable service attributes for handling the data contained within the packets. For data traffic received from the second network, the virtual communication platform uses the identifiers to determine a destination, such as an endpoint device, for the traffic within the first network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Dana A. Johnston, Claudia M. Combellas, Adam C. Uzelac, Michael F. Robles