Patents by Inventor Owen Hodges

Owen Hodges 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: 20190375864
    Abstract: Molded articles are prepared from propylene-ethylene copolymers and exhibiting improved clarity and strength properties. Articles prepared include bottles and other thin-walled articles. The articles are prepared using an isotactic propylene-ethylene random copolymer resin having an ethylene content of from about 0.5 to about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 1.5 percent. The injection molded article may exhibit less than about 20 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm). Articles may also be prepared from similar copolymers having an ethylene content greater than about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 4 percent by total weight of copolymer. These articles may exhibit less than about 13 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas Burmaster, Owen Hodges, J. Layne Lumus, Lu Ann Kelly, Mark Murphy
  • Patent number: 10428166
    Abstract: Molded articles are prepared from propylene-ethylene copolymers and exhibiting improved clarity and strength properties. Articles prepared include bottles and other thin-walled articles. The articles are prepared using an isotactic propylene-ethylene random copolymer resin having an ethylene content of from about 0.5 to about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 1.5 percent. The injection molded article may exhibit less than about 20 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm). Articles may also be prepared from similar copolymers having an ethylene content greater than about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 4 percent by total weight of copolymer. These articles may exhibit less than about 13 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Burmaster, Owen Hodges, J. Layne Lumus, Lu Ann Kelly, Mark Murphy
  • Patent number: 9328182
    Abstract: Molded articles are prepared from propylene-ethylene copolymers and exhibiting improved clarity and strength properties. Articles prepared include bottles and other thin-walled articles. The articles are prepared using an isotactic propylene-ethylene random copolymer resin having an ethylene content of from about 0.5 to about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 1.5 percent. The injection molded article may exhibit less than about 20 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm). Articles may also be prepared from similar copolymers having an ethylene content greater than about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 4 percent by total weight of copolymer. These articles may exhibit less than about 13 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Burmaster, Owen Hodges, J. Layne Lumus, Lu Ann Kelly, Mark Murphy
  • Publication number: 20160115282
    Abstract: Molded articles are prepared from propylene-ethylene copolymers and exhibiting improved clarity and strength properties. Articles prepared include bottles and other thin-walled articles. The articles are prepared using an isotactic propylene-ethylene random copolymer resin having an ethylene content of from about 0.5 to about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 1.5 percent. The injection molded article may exhibit less than about 20 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm). Articles may also be prepared from similar copolymers having an ethylene content greater than about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 4 percent by total weight of copolymer. These articles may exhibit less than about 13 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Inventors: Douglas Burmaster, Owen Hodges, J. Layne Lumus, Lu Ann Kelly, Mark Murphy
  • Patent number: 8247512
    Abstract: A metallocene random copolymer of propylene and ethylene in which the ductile/brittle transition temperature of a molded article made from the copolymer may be in the range of from about 20° F. (?7° C.) to about 40° F. (4° C.). The haze level of the molded article may be less than about 10 percent for an 80-mil (0.2 cm) thick plaque. The metallocene random copolymer may further include a clarifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Owen Hodges, Doug Burmaster, J. Layne Lumus
  • Publication number: 20120207958
    Abstract: Molded articles are prepared from propylene-ethylene copolymers and exhibiting improved clarity and strength properties. Articles prepared include bottles and other thin-walled articles. The articles are prepared using an isotactic propylene-ethylene random copolymer resin having an ethylene content of from about 0.5 to about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 1.5 percent. The injection molded article may exhibit less than about 20 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm). Articles may also be prepared from similar copolymers having an ethylene content greater than about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 4 percent by total weight of copolymer. These articles may exhibit less than about 13 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Burmaster, Owen Hodges, J. Layne Lumus, Lu Ann Kelly, Mark Murphy
  • Publication number: 20080221284
    Abstract: A metallocene random copolymer of propylene and ethylene in which the ductile/brittle transition temperature of a molded article made from the copolymer may be in the range of from about 20° F. (?7° C.) to about 40° F. (4° C.). The haze level of the molded article may be less than about 10 percent for an 80-mil (0.2 cm) thick plaque. The metallocene random copolymer may further include a clarifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: FINA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Owen Hodges, Doug Burmaster, J. Layne Lumus
  • Patent number: 7309742
    Abstract: An impact copolymer having a flexural modulus (ASTM D-790) of at least about 1,100 MPa; a melt flow rate (ASTM D-1238) of at least about 15 g/10 min; and a maximum load under Dynatup Impact test (ASTM D-3763) of equal to or greater than about 1,700 N at a temperature of less than or equal to about ?40° C. and articles of manufacture from same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Poncelet, Jerry Murrey, Doug Burmaster, Marc Mayhall, Owen Hodges
  • Publication number: 20070202285
    Abstract: Molded articles are prepared from propylene-ethylene copolymers and exhibiting improved clarity and strength properties. Articles prepared include bottles and other thin-walled articles. The articles are prepared using an isotactic propylene-ethylene random copolymer resin having an ethylene content of from about 0.5 to about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 1.5 percent. The injection molded article may exhibit less than about 20 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm). Articles may also be prepared from similar copolymers having an ethylene content greater than about 3 percent by total weight of copolymer, with a xylene solubles content of less than about 4 percent by total weight of copolymer. These articles may exhibit less than about 13 percent haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of about 0.08 inch (2.03 mm).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Applicant: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Burmaster, Owen Hodges, J. Lumus, Lu Kelly, Mark Murphy
  • Patent number: 7241850
    Abstract: A polypropylene composition comprises an isotactic polypropylene homopolymer resin that is suitable to form an injected molded article exhibiting less than about 60% haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of 0.05 inch without clarity-enhancing agents. The polypropylene composition has particular application to injection molded articles and may have a melt flow rate of from about 0.1 g/10 min to about 150 g/10 min as determined by ASTM D-1238, Procedure B. The resin may be prepared using a metallocene catalyst, and the composition may include clarity-enhancing agents for even greater clarity improvements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Burmaster, Owen Hodges, J. Layne Lumus, Lu Ann Kelly, Mark Murphy
  • Publication number: 20060128842
    Abstract: A polypropylene composition comprises an isotactic polypropylene homopolymer resin that is suitable to form an injected molded article exhibiting less than about 60% haze, as determined by ASTM D1003, at a thickness of 0.05 inch without clarity-enhancing agents. The polypropylene composition has particular application to injection molded articles and may have a melt flow rate of from about 0.1 g/10 min to about 150 g/10 min as determined by ASTM D-1238, Procedure B. The resin may be prepared using a metallocene catalyst, and the composition may include clarity-enhancing agents for even greater clarity improvements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Publication date: June 15, 2006
    Applicant: Fina Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Burmaster, Owen Hodges, J. Lumus, Lu Kelly, Mark Murphy
  • Publication number: 20050107558
    Abstract: An impact copolymer having a flexural modulus (ASTM D-790) of at least about 1,100 MPa; a melt flow rate (ASTM D-1238) of at least about 15 g/10 min; and a maximum load under Dynatup Impact test (ASTM D-3763) of equal to or greater than about 1,700 N at a temperature of less than or equal to about ?40° C. and articles of manufacture from same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Publication date: May 19, 2005
    Inventors: Robert Poncelet, Jerry Murrey, Doug Burmaster, Marc Mayhall, Owen Hodges