Patents by Inventor Neil Johnson

Neil 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: 20220193359
    Abstract: A respiratory mask for providing positive pressure therapy and a bias-flow venting system configured to reduce discernable draft generated by exhausted air are disclosed herein. The respiratory mask has a ball jointed elbow, one or more detachable forehead pieces and a headgear with a spacer fabric region. The elbow is configured to be removable when oriented to a predetermined position. The forehead pieces are provided in one or more sizes. The spacer fabric region having two or more layers wherein the raw edges are turned to the inside of the layers. The seal having improved seal performance and accommodating a wider variety of facial geometries. The bias-flow system having a tube and exhaust holes radially aligned on a bead of the tube. The bias-flow system also having an annular component exhaust holes and a shroud having a plenum chamber around the exhaust holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: Gregory James Olsen, Melissa Catherine Bornholdt, Campbell Neil Addison Martin, Tony William Spear, Simon Mittermeier, Hamish Joshua Rose, Max Leon Betteridge, Christopher Earl Nightingale, Matthew James Pedersen, Sophia Adele Johnson, Mark John Arrowsmith
  • Publication number: 20220175474
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for aiding insertion of a surgical implant by providing a threaded guide tube configured to engage a threaded surgical instrument such that an end-effector of a robot may provide force to drive the surgical implant into a patient. In addition, devices, systems, and methods relating to a dilator system for use with a robotic system that allows independent and separate control of tools within the dilator system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Inventors: Neil R. Crawford, Norbert Johnson, Nicholas A. Theodore
  • Publication number: 20220143397
    Abstract: A drill guide fixture may be configured to prepare a skull for attachment of a cranial insertion fixture. The drill guide fixture may include a central drill guide and a bone anchor guide at a base of the drill guide fixture. The central drill guide may define a central drill guide hole therethrough, wherein the central drill guide hole has a first opening at a base of the drill guide fixture and a second opening spaced apart from the base of the drill guide fixture. The bone anchor drill guide may define a bone anchor drill guide hole therethrough, and the bone anchor drill guide hole may be offset from the central drill guide hole in a direction that is perpendicular with respect to a direction of the central drill guide hole. Related cranial insertion fixtures, robotic systems, and methods are also discussed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Inventors: Neil Crawford, Norbert Johnson
  • Patent number: 11150192
    Abstract: A liquid electrode tip has a housing with a top, a bottom and at least one peripheral side wall. The housing has a liquid inlet and a liquid outlet. The liquid outlet is located at the top of the housing. A solution reservoir is positioned within the housing. The solution reservoir has a solution inlet in fluid communication with the liquid inlet and a solution outlet in fluid communication with the liquid outlet. A conductor is positioned within the housing with at least a portion of the conductor being submerged by a liquid in the solution reservoir. A staging area at the top of the housing is provided into which the liquid from the solution reservoir flows from the liquid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: 2S WATER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Neil Johnson, Anders Palmgren, Anthony Nelson
  • Patent number: 11137756
    Abstract: A system for landing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at a destination includes a landing coordination control unit that is configured to switch the UAV from a normal operating mode to a landing mode in response to the UAV entering a regulated airspace in relation to the destination. The normal operating mode includes normal instructions for flying and navigating to the destination. The landing mode includes landing instructions for a landing sequence into a landing zone at the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Millie Irene Sterling, Matthew B. Hendrian, Cash Neil Johnson, Jeremy Richards
  • Patent number: 11133146
    Abstract: A solution electrode glow discharge apparatus has a housing that contains a solid electrode. The solid electrode has a head and a tip. The tip of the solid electrode extends outwards from the housing. At least a portion of the head of the solid electrode is positioned with an electrical and thermal conducting block. An adjustable-polarity power supply is provided in communication with the solid electrode. A cooling mechanism is provided for cooling the electrical and thermal conducting block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: 2S WATER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Neil Johnson, Ander Palmgren
  • Patent number: 11080881
    Abstract: Some systems include an illuminator configured to illuminate a scene, a detector configured to receive electromagnetic radiation from the scene, one or more retroreflective tags, and an image processor. Each of the one or more retroreflective tags is attached to or positioned near a corresponding target and is configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation from the illuminator toward the detector. The image processor can identify electromagnetic radiation reflected by one or more retroreflective tags to determine the presence of one or more retroreflective tags and corresponding targets in the scene. Retroreflective tags can include retroreflective portions and non-retroreflective portions such that, when electromagnetic radiation is incident upon the retroreflective tag, the retroreflective tag reflects the electromagnetic radiation in a pattern that corresponds to a code uniquely corresponding to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Infrared Integrated Systems Limited
    Inventors: Stuart Andrew Holliday, Timothy J. Wheatley, Neil Johnson
  • Publication number: 20210223182
    Abstract: A liquid electrode tip has a housing with a top, a bottom and at least one peripheral side wall. The housing has a liquid inlet and a liquid outlet. The liquid outlet is located at the top of the housing. A solution reservoir is positioned within the housing. The solution reservoir has a solution inlet in fluid communication with the liquid inlet and a solution outlet in fluid communication with the liquid outlet. A conductor is positioned within the housing with at least a portion of the conductor being submerged by a liquid in the solution reservoir. A staging area at the top of the housing is provided into which the liquid from the solution reservoir flows from the liquid outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventors: Neil JOHNSON, Anders PALMGREN, Anthony NELSON
  • Patent number: 11037067
    Abstract: Systems for detecting occupancy of an area comprising one or more zones can include one or more sensors and one or more processors configured to receive sensor data from the one or more sensors over time. The one or more processors can be further configured to receive or store data about an arrangement of the zones in the area. The one or more processors can apply a probabilistic model considering the sensor data received over time to determine the number of subjects in each zone by determining a most likely current state of occupancy of the area among a plurality of possible scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Infrared Integrated Systems Limited
    Inventors: Stuart A. Holliday, Christopher A. Evans, Neil Johnson
  • Publication number: 20210166907
    Abstract: A solution electrode glow discharge apparatus has a housing that contains a solid electrode. The solid electrode has a head and a tip. The tip of the solid electrode extends outwards from the housing. At least a portion of the head of the solid electrode is positioned with an electrical and thermal conducting block. An adjustable-polarity power supply is provided in communication with the solid electrode. A cooling mechanism is provided for cooling the electrical and thermal conducting block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Neil JOHNSON, Ander PALMGREN
  • Patent number: 10719698
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed toward occupancy detection in a predefined space including one or more sub-zones. Occupancy of the predefined space can be determined by determining the occupancy of an outer zone comprising the predefined space, and determining the occupancy of individual sub-zones to the outer zone. Occupancy values of the individual sub-zones can be rescaled such that the sum of the individual sub-zones occupancies sum to the already determined outer zone occupancy. The occupancy of the predefined space then may be determined using the rescaled occupancies of the various sub-zones included in the predefined space. Such processes can be repeated for individual sub-zones, which may be treated as a separate outer zone including one or more sub-zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Andrew Holliday, Neil Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200226363
    Abstract: A tracking system includes one or more wireless tags, a sensing device, and a processor. The sensing device is configured to generate sensing data representative of one or more people or objects in a scene. The processor is configured to detect the presence of the wireless tags within the scene. The processor is further configured to receive sensing data representative of objects in the scene and to identify tracks corresponding to the objects. The processor is further configured to process the received sensing data to generate a track descriptor associated with each of the identified objects, each track descriptor being representative of attributes of the corresponding object. The processor is also configured to analyze track descriptors associated with tracks when a wireless tag is present in the target scene. The processor is further configured to determine tracks associated the wireless tags based on the track descriptors present in the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Stuart Andrew Holliday, Timothy J. Wheatley, Neil Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190392605
    Abstract: Some systems include an illuminator configured to illuminate a scene, a detector configured to receive electromagnetic radiation from the scene, one or more retroreflective tags, and an image processor. Each of the one or more retroreflective tags is attached to or positioned near a corresponding target and is configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation from the illuminator toward the detector. The image processor can identify electromagnetic radiation reflected by one or more retroreflective tags to determine the presence of one or more retroreflective tags and corresponding targets in the scene. Retroreflective tags can include retroreflective portions and non-retroreflective portions such that, when electromagnetic radiation is incident upon the retroreflective tag, the retroreflective tag reflects the electromagnetic radiation in a pattern that corresponds to a code uniquely corresponding to the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Stuart Andrew Holliday, Timothy J. Wheatley, Neil Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190377337
    Abstract: A system for landing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at a destination includes a landing coordination control unit that is configured to switch the UAV from a normal operating mode to a landing mode in response to the UAV entering a regulated airspace in relation to the destination. The normal operating mode includes normal instructions for flying and navigating to the destination. The landing mode includes landing instructions for a landing sequence into a landing zone at the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Millie Irene Sterling, Matthew B. Hendrian, Cash Neil Johnson, Jeremy Richards
  • Patent number: 10429838
    Abstract: A system for landing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at a destination includes a landing coordination control unit that is configured to switch the UAV from a normal operating mode to a landing mode in response to the UAV entering a regulated airspace in relation to the destination. The normal operating mode includes normal instructions for flying and navigating to the destination. The landing mode includes landing instructions for a landing sequence into a landing zone at the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Millie Irene Sterling, Matthew B. Hendrian, Cash Neil Johnson, Jeremy Richards
  • Publication number: 20190137997
    Abstract: A system for landing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at a destination includes a landing coordination control unit that is configured to switch the UAV from a normal operating mode to a landing mode in response to the UAV entering a regulated airspace in relation to the destination. The normal operating mode includes normal instructions for flying and navigating to the destination. The landing mode includes landing instructions for a landing sequence into a landing zone at the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Millie Irene Sterling, Matthew B. Hendrian, Cash Neil Johnson, Jeremy Richards
  • Patent number: 10270857
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for asynchronous duplexing between two computing devices includes obtaining a task for execution by a first computing device and executing the task. A first computing task completion identifier is assigned upon execution of the task. The task with the assigned first computing task completion identifier is transferred to a second computing device and executed. A second computing task completion identifier is assigned upon execution of the task. The first computing task completion identifier and the second computing task identifier are logged into a task management log for facilitating the recovery of the first computing device by comparing the first computing task completion identifier and the second computing task identifier for identifying tasks executed by the first computing device and requiring execution by the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil A. Johnson, Georgette Kurdt, William C. Neiman, Kenneth G. Rothwell, David H. Surman, Jessie Yu
  • Patent number: 10252587
    Abstract: An exterior installable air valve for a tire rim using an exterior operated nut compressing a gasket against a wedge to expand the gasket for sealing to a wheel rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Neil Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190012607
    Abstract: Systems for detecting occupancy of an area comprising one or more zones can include one or more sensors and one or more processors configured to receive sensor data from the one or more sensors over time. The one or more processors can be further configured to receive or store data about an arrangement of the zones in the area. The one or more processors can apply a probabilistic model considering the sensor data received over time to determine the number of subjects in each zone by determining a most likely current state of occupancy of the area among a plurality of possible scenarios.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Stuart A. Holliday, Christopher A. Evans, Neil Johnson
  • Patent number: D939299
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventor: Neil Johnson