Patents by Inventor Richard A. Merrill

Richard A. Merrill 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: 20200320470
    Abstract: Management of pharmaceutical procurement for a pharmaceutical ordering location. A method includes determining a medication need and a drug product preference for an ordering location. The method includes identifying one or more drug products satisfying the medication need by communicating with one or more pharmaceutical suppliers and selecting at least one of the one or more drug products based on the drug product preference. The method includes generating a recommended order for the ordering location comprising the at least one of the one or more drug products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: Trulla, LLC
    Inventors: Angela Whitney, Curtis James McEntire, John Richard Bucher, Patrick Ryan Sims, Robert Al Nahoopii, Sheldon Todd Merrill
  • Publication number: 20200236121
    Abstract: A system includes a memory and at least one processor to continually analyze at least one of metrics, events, and conditions for indications of an attack in a computer network, determine a change in the at least one of metrics, events, and conditions in the computer network, detect the attack in the computer network based on the change in the at least one of metrics, events, and conditions in the computer network, analyze the at least one of metrics, events, and conditions in the computer network and determine that at least one hardware device has been infected, restrict access to the at least one hardware device that has been infected, and generate a copy of data that was created before the attack and associated with the at least one hardware device that has been infected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Raymond Spurlock, Robert Merrill Marett, James Thomas Kost
  • Publication number: 20200233754
    Abstract: A system includes a memory and at least one processor to continually analyze at least one of metrics, events, and conditions in a computer network, under normal operating conditions in the computer network, obtain a first level of data from at least one hardware device in the computer network, detect that one of a condition and an event has occurred in the computer network, automatically transmit an instruction to modify the first level of data obtained from the at least one hardware device to a second level of data more robust than the first level of data when one of the condition and the event has occurred, collect the second level of data from the at least one hardware device, and store the second level of data obtained from the at least one hardware device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Raymond Spurlock, Robert Merrill Marett, James Thomas Kost
  • Publication number: 20200233959
    Abstract: A system includes a memory and at least one processor to disable automatic prioritization of at least one data protection operation in a computer network, begin the at least one data protection operation in the computer network, continually monitor the computer network and determine that a condition has occurred in the computer network, activate automatic prioritization of the at least one data protection operation in the computer network, and instruct backup server tooling software to direct backup data for the at least one data protection operation to move from a first target storage repository to a second target storage repository.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Raymond Spurlock, Robert Merrill Marett, James Thomas Kost, Gregory John Tevis
  • Publication number: 20200236085
    Abstract: A system includes a memory and at least one processor to set a network throughput level setting to a default network traffic rate in a computer network, begin a data protection operation at the network throughput level setting in the computer network, continually monitor the computer network and determine that a condition has occurred in the computer network, dynamically adjust the network throughput level setting in response to the condition by one of decreasing the network throughput level setting by a network traffic rate increment and increasing the network throughput level setting by the network traffic rate increment, and dynamically shape network or storage traffic for the data protection operation using the network throughput level setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Raymond Spurlock, Robert Merrill Marett, James Thomas Kost, Gregory John Tevis
  • Publication number: 20200076819
    Abstract: A system includes at least one processor to continually monitor at least one resource associated with a computing network for a condition in the computing network that may trigger an authorization control modification, determine that the condition has occurred in the computing network, and dynamically and automatically modify a user authorization control for at least one particular user responsive to the condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Raymond Spurlock, Robert Merrill Marett
  • Publication number: 20200076812
    Abstract: A system includes at least one processor to receive training data and generate at least one machine learning rule based on the training data to apply when a condition occurs, continually monitor at least one resource associated with a computing network for the condition in the computing network that may trigger an authorization control modification, the condition comprising one of an active project that uses the at least one resource, a security alert level change, a resource locality change, metadata associated with the condition, a skill assessment, and a business state analysis, determine that the condition has occurred in the computing network, and dynamically and automatically modify a user authorization control for at least one particular user responsive to the machine learning rule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Raymond Spurlock, Robert Merrill Marett, Gregory John Tevis
  • Patent number: 10419296
    Abstract: An apparatus, computer program, and method are provided for displaying a configuration of a communications network as an overlay on another configuration. A network model is stored that represents a first configuration of a communications network. Further, one or more changes to the first configuration are identified that represent a second configuration of the communications network. The second configuration of the communications network is displayed as an overlay on the first configuration of the communications network to show the one or more changes in connection with the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AMDOCS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Markus Michael Buchner, Christopher Mark Bagnall, James Francis Hunt, Andrew Dodds, Alan Thomas Merrill, Ian Richard Blackwell
  • Patent number: 7494677
    Abstract: Coatings containing one or more thermally coagulating proteins (e.g., whey protein) and foodstuffs coated with such coatings are provided. The coatings render foodstuffs less permeable to fat and oil in the frying medium, and thus reduce the amount of fat or oil absorbed by the foodstuff during cooking. The coatings also improve the color, texture and crispiness of the cooked foodstuff. Methods for applying such coatings to obtain the coated foodstuff are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Leprino Foods Company
    Inventors: Richard Merrill, David LeMay, Laura E. Colin-Diaz
  • Publication number: 20070227713
    Abstract: A heat exchanger tube includes a tube body forming a hollow passageway and having a U-shaped tube section defining a return bend, a pair of straight tube sections and a pair of transition sections. Respective ones of the straight tube sections are connected to the return section with respective ones of the transition sections disposed therebetween. The straight tube sections extend generally parallel to one another. Each straight tube section has a straight tube cross-sectional width and the return bend has a return bend cross-sectional width that is smaller than the straight tube cross-sectional width. Multiple heat exchanger tubes can be connected together to form a serpentine heat exchanger tube. Multiple serpentine heat exchanger tubes or multiple heat exchanger tubes can be assembled together to form a heat exchanger apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Bugler, George Shriver, Richard Merrill
  • Publication number: 20070227712
    Abstract: A heat exchanger apparatus includes an inlet header, an inlet connection connected to the inlet header, an outlet header, an outlet connection connected to the outlet header and a plurality of serpentine tube bodies. The plurality of serpentine tube bodies interconnect and are in communication with the inlet header and outlet header. Each serpentine tube body has a plurality of straight tube sections and a plurality of U-shaped return bend sections. Each one of the straight tube sections and each one of the return bend sections have an elliptically-shaped cross-sectional configuration. The plurality of serpentine tube bodies are arranged in a juxtaposed manner with consecutive ones of the serpentine tube bodies contacting each other at a point defining a series of stacked common planes disposed parallel with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Bugler, George Shriver, Richard Merrill
  • Publication number: 20070172579
    Abstract: Methods of making protein hydrolysates are described. The methods may include the steps of providing a solution comprising protein, and adjusting a pH of the solution to about 10.4 or more to form a basic protein solution. Additional steps may include adding a protease enzyme to the basic protein solution that converts at least a portion of the protein to protein hydrolysates. Protein hydrolysate compositions and water-soluble food additives are also described. The additives may include a mixture of protein hydrolysates formed by protein hydrolysis of a protein substrate. The protein hydrolysates may have an average molecular weight of about 2000 to about 10,000 Daltons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Applicant: Leprino Foods Company
    Inventors: Madison Blanton, Richard Merrill, Shannan Guck
  • Publication number: 20070080588
    Abstract: A fluid treatment device includes an AC power source connected to first, second and third conductors. A electromagnetic field generating device is positioned adjacent to a fluid conduit, electrically connected to the first and third conductors to form a first circuit. A second electromagnetic field generating device is positioned adjacent to a second fluid conduit, electrically connected to the second and third electrical conductors to form a second circuit. A circuit element in the first circuit initiates a high frequency electromagnetic field at said first electromagnetic field generating device during a first half of the AC wave form in the first circuit, and a circuit element in the second circuit initiates a high frequency electromagnetic field at said first electromagnetic field generating device during a second half of the AC wave form in the second circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Inventors: Richard Merrill, John Lane
  • Publication number: 20060204643
    Abstract: A method of making a powdered whey protein, where the method includes heating a slurry comprising starting whey protein to a temperature of about 140° F. to about 300° F. The heating converts at least a portion of the starting whey protein to denatured whey protein. The method also includes subjecting the slurry to high shear conditions, and drying the slurry to leave the powdered whey protein. Also, a system for producing a powdered whey protein. The system includes a cooker to heat a slurry comprising starting whey protein, and a shear pump to subject the slurry to high shear conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Publication date: September 14, 2006
    Applicant: Leprino Foods Company
    Inventors: Richard Merrill, Madison Blanton, Frank Jaskulka, Mayank Singh
  • Publication number: 20060115569
    Abstract: A process of making cheese, e.g., a mozzarella variety cheese, is disclosed. It comprises the following steps: (a) preparing a cheese curd; (b) grinding the curd while in admixture with (i) an aqueous solution of at least one cheese emulsifying salt and (ii) at least one GRAS food additive in the form of a comminuted solid, to obtain an emulsifier/additive-impregnated ground curd; and (c) converting the emulsifier/additive-impregnated curd into cheese either by (i) heating, kneading, and stretching the emulsifier/additive-impregnated ground curd to obtain a homogeneous mass of cheese, or (ii) pressing the emulsifier/additive-impregnated ground curd to obtain a homogeneous mass of cheese. Examples of suitable GRAS food additives include gums, stabilizers, dairy solids (e.g., non-fat dry milk or whey protein concentrate), cheese powders, non-dairy protein isolates, sodium chloride, native or modified food starches, colorants, and flavorants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Publication date: June 1, 2006
    Applicant: Leprino Foods Company
    Inventors: Richard Merrill, Terry Anderson
  • Publication number: 20060083820
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preparing soft or firm/semi-hard cheese are provided, as well as soft or firm/semi-hard cheese prepared by the methods. The methods typically involve the formation of a slurry that contains blended or molten cheese curd. A variety of ingredients can be introduced into the curd used to prepare the slurry, the slurry that is formed, or at other stages along the manufacturing process to tailor the performance and nutritional characteristics of the final cheese product. The slurry in some methods is directly processed to form a final cheese product. In other methods, the slurry undergoes various types of processing to achieve certain desired composition or performance requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Publication date: April 20, 2006
    Applicant: Leprino Foods Company
    Inventors: Richard Merrill, Mayank Singh
  • Publication number: 20060083821
    Abstract: Methods for preparing cheese blends of analog cheese and soft or firm/semi-hard, ripened or unripended, cheese are provided. The methods generally involve combining a slurry that contains the basic ingredients for an analog cheese and optionally one or more other ingredients with a mass of heated soft or firm/semi-hard cheese. Slurries that are used in the methods and cheeses produced by the methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Publication date: April 20, 2006
    Applicant: Leprino Foods Company
    Inventors: Richard Merrill, Mayank Singh
  • Publication number: 20060083822
    Abstract: Methods for preparing cheese are provided that involve combining a slurry with a cheese precursor to form an admixture that is subsequently processed to form the cheese product. The slurry typically includes a liquid such as water, milk and/or cream and one or more ingredients that are useful for inclusion in the final cheese product. Systems for preparing such slurries and cheese products are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Publication date: April 20, 2006
    Applicant: Leprino Foods Company
    Inventors: Richard Merrill, Mayank Singh
  • Publication number: 20060008555
    Abstract: A method of making an aldobionate product is described. The method may include providing a milk product having one or more reducing sugars, and maintaining a pH of the milk product at about 5.5 or more by adding a buffer compound to the milk product. The method may also include adding an oxidoreductase enzyme to the milk product, where at least a portion of the reducing sugar is oxidized into the aldobionate product. In addition, a method of making an aldobionate product is described that includes the steps of providing a milk product comprising a reducing sugar, mixing oxygen into the milk product, and adding an oxidoreductase enzyme to the milk product, where at least a portion of the reducing sugar is oxidized into the aldobionate product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Applicant: Leprino Foods
    Inventors: Richard Merrill, Mayank Singh
  • Publication number: 20050271789
    Abstract: Methods for preparing cheese blends of analog cheese and soft or firm/semi-hard, ripened or unripended, cheese are provided. The methods generally involve combining a slurry that contains the basic ingredients for an analog cheese and optionally one or more other ingredients with a mass of heated soft or firm/semi-hard cheese. Slurries that are used in the methods and cheeses produced by the methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Publication date: December 8, 2005
    Applicant: Leprino Foods Company
    Inventors: Richard Merrill, Mayank Singh