Patents by Inventor Philip E. Nichols

Philip E. Nichols 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: 20140259713
    Abstract: A square area measurement tool includes a plurality of vertical panels, each of which is connected to two other panels on opposing ends, configured perpendicularly, and independently movable relative to the other panels. A primary ruled component on a planar surface of at least two of the vertical panels provides measurements in two dimensions of an object within the measurement tool. The panels are connected to one another by a connection knob for engaging a connection knob retaining slot of an adjacent panel. A method for measuring an object involves inserting the object into a measurement tool and sliding the panels toward each other until the vertical panels contact the object. A method for determining a minimum footprint of a plurality of products comprises inserting at least two products in various relative orientations in the measurement tool and measuring the orientations until a smallest square area is identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Perdue Foods LLC
    Inventor: Philip E. Nichols
  • Patent number: 3973912
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the carbon dioxide content of micro samples of blood, serum, or other body fluid. In performing the method, a micro quantity of sample is introduced into one compartment of a double-compartmented open-topped reaction vessel, the other compartment containing a reagent capable of liberating the carbon dioxide from the sample when the two are mixed. The open top of the vessel is then sealed so that its interior communicates only with a capillary gasometer, and the contents of the vessel are then thoroughly mixed. The volume of evolved gas is measured directly from the graduated capillary gasometer by observing the extent of displacement of an indicating liquid therein. The structure of the device is described, along with the structure and method for adjusting the volume of the reaction vessel, after sealing and before mixing, to locate the meniscus of the liquid in the capillary at a selected starting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1976
    Assignee: American Hospital Supply Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Trafton, Philip E. Nichols, Royce Haynes