Patents by Inventor Michael Ross

Michael Ross 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: 20190216449
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a housing, an endoscopic portion, a shaft portion, and an end effector is disclosed. The endoscopic portion extends distally from the housing and defines a longitudinal axis. The shaft portion is selectively connectable to a distal end of the endoscopic portion. The end effector is selectively connectable to a distal end of the shaft portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Michael A. Zemlok, David Racenet, Adam Ross
  • Patent number: 10346434
    Abstract: A partitioning policy for materializing writes indicated in journal entries of a multi-data-store database is determined. The policy indicates a partitioning attribute of a data object. A write applier associated with a materialization node of the database processes journal entries according to the partitioning policy. If the value of the partitioning attribute associated with a write of a particular journal entry indicates that the write belongs to a partition materialized at the materialization node, the write applier propagates the write to the materialization node for storage at the node's storage devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Michael Morkel, Timothy Daniel Cole, Artem Danilov, Andrew Wayne Ross, Christopher Richard Jacques De Kadt, Tate Andrew Certain, Allan Henry Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 10345229
    Abstract: A method of determining the concentration of a species in a portion of a furnace atmosphere is described. The method comprises the steps of measuring first, second and third intensities of electromagnetic radiation in the furnace at first, second and third wavelengths respectively. The third wavelength is selected to be representative of absorption of electromagnetic radiation by the species. A fourth intensity of electromagnetic radiation is calculated, being an estimate of the intensity of electromagnetic radiation in the furnace at the third wavelength absent any absorbing species in the furnace atmosphere. The third intensity and the fourth intensities are used to determine a parameter that is proportional to the concentration of absorbing species in the portion of the furnace atmosphere. Apparatus for carrying out the method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventors: Michael Richard Haden, Julian Inskip, William Stephen Perry, Ian Ross Williams
  • Publication number: 20190204906
    Abstract: A system configured to generate and/or modify three-dimensional scenes comprising animated character(s) based on individual asynchronous motion capture recordings. The system may comprise sensor(s), display(s), and/or processor(s). The system may receive selection of a first character to virtually embody within the virtual space, receive a first request to capture the motion and/or the sound for the first character, and/or record first motion capture information characterizing the motion and/or the sound made by the first user as the first user virtually embodies the first character. The system may receive selection of a second character to virtually embody, receive a second request to capture the motion and/or the sound for the second character, and/or record second motion capture information. The system may generate a compiled virtual reality scene wherein the first character and the second character appear animated within the compiled virtual reality scene contemporaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Jonathan Michael Ross, Gil Baron
  • Patent number: 10335558
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to methods, compositions and apparatus for administering active agents to the lungs of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PARION SCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard C. Boucher, Michael Ross Johnson, William R. Thelin, Brian Button, Tomas Navratil
  • Publication number: 20190191649
    Abstract: Inbred corn lines, designated BC143, CC10, CD3, II16, IM6, IV3, KK1, KL4, MM66, NL7, or NM9, are disclosed. The invention relates to the seeds of inbred corn lines BC143, CC10, CD3, II16, IM6, IV3, KK1, KL4, MM66, NL7, and NM9, to the plants and plant parts of inbred corn lines BC143, CC10, CD3, II16, IM6, IV3, KK1, KL4, MM66, NL7, and NM9 and to methods for producing a corn plant, either inbred or hybrid, by crossing inbred corn lines BC143, CC10, CD3, II16, IM6, IV3, KK1, KL4, MM66, NL7, and NM9 with itself or another corn line. The invention also relates to products produced from the seeds, plants, or parts thereof, of inbred corn lines BC143, CC10, CD3, II16, IM6, IV3, KK1, KL4, MM66, NL7, and NM9 and/or of the hybrids produced using the inbred as a parent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Robenzon LORENZANA, Freeman WHITEHEAD, Craig KLEINSCHMIDT, Michael Ross BUENDGEN, Antoon van der REIJDEN, Ivan BARRERO, William KOEHRING
  • Patent number: 10331657
    Abstract: An analytics tool of a journal-based multi-data-store database obtains respective rejection cause descriptors for a set of transactions rejected by the journal manager of the database due to read-write conflicts. A particular rejection cause descriptor indicates a query predicate used for a read set of a transaction request which was rejected by a journal manager of the database due to a read-write conflict between the read set and a previously-committed transaction. The analytics tool prepares a database contention analysis using the rejection cause descriptors, and transmits the analysis to a client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Daniel Cole, Artem Danilov, Andrew Wayne Ross, John Michael Morkel, Tate Andrew Certain, Allan Henry Vermeulen, Christopher Richard Jacques De Kadt
  • Publication number: 20190191024
    Abstract: A health monitoring system which can collect data generated from multiple health, fitness, and environmental data generating devices by a health application running on a portable smart device, or a computing device that is connected to a wireless Bluetooth Network using Secure Simple Pairing. The generated data is collected by the health application that identifies the device and selectively connects, so that data transfer can be authenticated and securely transmitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Dan Alan PRESTON, Michael Sidney MASON, Yevgeniy GOVORUSKIN, Trinitie Marie VANCE, Alex MALONE, Colin Ross KREIGER, Joseph David PRESTON
  • Publication number: 20190185635
    Abstract: The invention provides polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foams and methods for the preparation thereof. More particularly, the invention relates to closed-celled, polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foams and methods for their preparation. The foams are characterized by a fine uniform cell structure and little or no foam collapse. The foams are produced with a polyol premix composition which comprises a combination of a hydrohaloolefin blowing agent, a polyol, a silicone surfactant, and a precipitation-resistant metal-based catalyst used alone or in combination with an amine catalyst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Bin Yu, Mary C. Bogdan, Clifford B. Gittere, Michael Ross, Ronald S. Grossman, David J. Williams
  • Patent number: 10325294
    Abstract: A system and method for notifying customers of a retail enterprise of checkout queue activity includes a stored identification code identifying a location in or near a customer entry area to multiple point-of-sale systems grouped together in a brick-and-mortar outlet of the retail enterprise, and customer codes associated in a database with various customers of the retail enterprise, monitoring purchase transaction activity at each of the plurality of point-of-sale systems. An operating state of each of the point-of-sale systems is determined based on the monitored purchase transaction activity thereof. In response to a wirelessly received customer code and identification code, a notification message is wirelessly transmitted to a mobile communication device identified by a matching one of the customer codes in the database if the wirelessly received identification code matches the stored identification code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Meijer, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Pugh, Elmer L. Robinson, Jr., David Scott Pallas, K. Michael Ross
  • Patent number: 10325250
    Abstract: A system and method that links point-of-sale purchases to shopper membership accounts includes a database in which each of one or more electronic payment systems specified by a customer is associated with one of a plurality of enterprise membership service identification codes stored in the database that uniquely identifies the customer as one of a plurality of shopper members of an enterprise membership service program associated with a retail enterprise. In response to tender of an electronic payment system to the point-of-sale system as part of a transaction for the purchase of items, information about the items is stored in one of a plurality of purchase histories that is associated with the one of the plurality of enterprise membership service identification codes that is associated with one of at least two specified electronic payment systems that matches the tendered electronic payment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Meijer, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Pugh, Elmer L. Robinson, Jr., David Scott Pallas, K. Michael Ross
  • Patent number: 10324905
    Abstract: A particular node of a journal-based multi-node distributed storage system requests the addition of an acceptability verification request entry to the journal, indicating a proposed state change of the system. The particular node examines contents of entries added to the journal after the acceptability verification request entry. After determining that a targeted set of acceptability verification response entries have been added to the journal, indicating that the potential state change meets acceptance criteria at respective other nodes of the system, the particular node requests an addition of a committed transaction entry to the journal, indicating an approval of the proposed state change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Wayne Ross, Artem Danilov, Timothy Daniel Cole, Tate Andrew Certain, Christopher Richard Jacques De Kadt, John Michael Morkel, Allan Henry Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 10321902
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a housing, an endoscopic portion, a shaft portion, and an end effector is disclosed. The endoscopic portion extends distally from the housing and defines a longitudinal axis. The shaft portion is selectively connectable to a distal end of the endoscopic portion. The end effector is selectively connectable to a distal end of the shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael A. Zemlok, David Racenet, Adam Ross
  • Patent number: 10325436
    Abstract: Existing currency validation (CVAL) devices, systems, and methods are too slow, costly, intrusive, and/or bulky to be routinely used in common transaction locations (e.g., at checkout, at an automatic teller machine, etc.). Presented herein are devices, systems, and methods to facilitate optical validation of documents, merchandise, or currency at common transaction locations and to do so in an obtrusive and convenient way. More specifically, the present invention embraces a validation device that may be used alone or integrated within a larger system (e.g., point of sale system, kiosk, etc.). The present invention also embraces methods for currency validation using the validation device, as well as methods for improving the quality and consistency of data captured by the validation device for validation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Gennady Germaine, Christopher Allen, David Ryder, Paul Poloniewicz, Kevin Saber, Sean Philip Kearney, Edward Hatton, Edward C. Bremer, Michael Vincent Miraglia, Robert Pierce, William Ross Rapoport, James Vincent Guiheen, Chirag Patel, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Timothy Good, Gregory Rueblinger
  • Publication number: 20190177993
    Abstract: This application describes systems and methods for locating, securing, accessing and utilizing a discrete enclosure or workspace. The discrete enclosure or workspace may be located in a public, private or semi-private setting and may comprise a combination of working platforms or surfaces, seats, desks and other apparatus, as well as computer hardware and software. Systems may comprise natural language processing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other adaptive learning capabilities to enhance the use of the discrete workspace. The workspace may be dimensioned to be used for a wide variety of activities by one or more users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Ross Shell, John Coulter Ruder, Nicholas Leo Politte, Todd Budin, Cody Alan Candler, Patrick Joseph Woods, Reed Robert Sarver
  • Publication number: 20190182594
    Abstract: Various implementations include systems and approaches for binaural testing. In one implementation, a system includes a binaural test dummy including a body having: a head-and-neck region; and a set of head-mounted microphones coupled with the head-and-neck region at anatomically correct ear locations; and a control system coupled with the binaural test dummy for incrementally modifying a position of the binaural test dummy across a range of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Charles Terence Henry Oswald, Muhammad Haris Usmani, Daniel Ross Tengelsen, Ryan C. Struzik, Christopher B. Ickler, Tobe Zetelmo Barksdale, Michael James Tiene
  • Publication number: 20190172123
    Abstract: A system and method for processing items ordered for customer pickup from a brick-and-mortar store of a retail enterprise may determine that a customer has entered one of a plurality of geographic boundaries based on GPS tracking of the customer's mobile communication device, in response thereto, determine whether the entering customer has a completed order for pickup of at least one ordered item at the brick-and-mortar store associated with the geographic boundary, and in response thereto, control a display monitor located at an order pickup department of the store to display a message indicating that the customer has entered the one of the plurality of geographic boundaries and that the completed order to be picked up by the customer is complete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Pugh, Elmer L. Robinson, JR., David Scott Pallas, K. Michael Ross
  • Publication number: 20190169012
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing system comprises a container enclosing a chamber. A flexible bag in the chamber contains a first liquid. First and second conduits are contained in the chamber. The first conduit connects the chamber to an outlet port in the container where the second conduit connects the bag to the first conduit. A supply source introduces a pressurized second liquid into the chamber. The first conduit serves to direct an existing flow of the second liquid from the chamber to the outlet port, with the pressurized second liquid serving to collapse the bag and expel the first liquid contained therein via the second conduit to the first conduit for mixture with the exiting flow of the second liquid. The second conduit lacks flow restrictions, such as metering orifices or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Global Agricultural Technology and Engineering, LLC.
    Inventors: Michael E. Cheney, Scott Ross, John R. Newton
  • Patent number: 10310563
    Abstract: An accessory suitable for an electronic device is provided. The electronic device has a display area. The accessory includes a coupling portion and a cover portion. The coupling portion is suitable to be coupled to the electronic device. The cover portion is connected to the coupling portion and is suitable for covering the display area of the electronic device. The cover portion has a plurality of light-transmitting areas, and the light-transmitting areas are arranged on the display area in an array. An image generated by the display area is projected out of the cover portion through the light-transmitting areas. Moreover, an electronic assembly containing the electronic device and the accessory is also provided. Furthermore, a control method is also provided for controlling the electronic assembly. A method is also provided for forming an accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yen-Hung Lin, Chien-Wei Hsieh, Chun-Ta Huang, Hung-Chuan Wen, Michael Ross Massucco
  • Patent number: D850286
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Poly-America, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael A. Ross