Patents by Inventor Robert A. Nichols

Robert A. 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).

  • Patent number: 11008442
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention provides a substantially exfoliated nanocomposite material including starch and hydrophobically modified layered silicate clay. In another aspect, the invention provides packaging made from material including the substantially exfoliated nanocomposite material described above. The nanocomposite material has improved mechanical and rheological properties and reduced sensitivity to moisture in that the rates of moisture update and/or loss are reduced. In another aspect, the invention provides a process for preparing the substantially exfoliated nanocomposite material described above, including a step of mixing the starch in the form of an aqueous gel with the hydrophobic clay in a melt mixing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: PLANTIC TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Kishan Khemani, Graeme Moad, Edmond Lascaris, Guoxin Li, George Simon, Jana Habsuda, Robert Shanks, Antonietta Genovese, Wasantha Gunaratne, Lance Nichols
  • Patent number: 10873626
    Abstract: A system and method for target driven peer-zoning (TDPZ) synchronization can include a principal member device and a switch. The principal member device can include to send an active peer zone list request to a switch. In an example, the principal member device can store a first TDPZ database version number and a first TDPZ zone list. In an example, the switch may send a response based on the active peer zone list request. In an example, the response can include a second TDPZ database version number and a second TDPZ zone list. The principal member device may compare the first TDPZ database version number to the second TDPZ database version number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Alice Terumi Clark, Rupin T. Mohan, Vivek Agarwal, Krishna Puttagunta, Christopher Robert Nichols
  • Patent number: 10746587
    Abstract: A reel weight measurement system is shown and described herein. In some embodiments, the reel weight measurement system comprises strategically placed position and load sensors for measuring an orientation of a reel-carrying unit and measuring loads in the reel-carrying unit. The loads may be indicative of forces due to the weight of the reel when the reel is supported by a carriage of the reel-carrying unit. The weight of the reel may be determined by summing the forces and moments in the system while the carriage is in motion or static. Further, the weight of the reel may be determined by comparing the force measurements and orientation of the carriage to stored calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Altec Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Nichols
  • Publication number: 20200179626
    Abstract: There is described a multi-unit dose dry powder medicament delivery device comprising: a first element comprising a single use nozzle located in a body which is at least partially lined with an inner member, said inner sleeve comprising an airway and a cartridge seat; and a second element adapted to be releasably attached to the first element, said second element comprising an actuator provided with an air source and a valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: Indosys Limited
    Inventors: Robert Nichol Boyes, Philip Wilson Braithwaite
  • Publication number: 20200169604
    Abstract: A system and method for target driven peer-zoning (TDPZ) synchronization can include a principal member device and a switch. The principal member device can include to send an active peer zone list request to a switch. In an example, the principal member device can store a first TDPZ database version number and a first TDPZ zone list. In an example, the switch may send a response based on the active peer zone list request. In an example, the response can include a second TDPZ database version number and a second TDPZ zone list. The principal member device may compare the first TDPZ database version number to the second TDPZ database version number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Alice Terumi Clark, Rupin T. Mohan, Vivek Agarwal, Krishna Puttagunta, Christopher Robert Nichols
  • Patent number: 10614185
    Abstract: A specialized low drop-out voltage regulator (LDO) computer system stores a generalized base model of an LDO. The base model includes values representing a circuit topology and a set of analog behavior blocks associated with the generalized LDO. Values of a set of operational parameters associated with a specific model of LDO are input to the specialized LDO computer system from a data sheet associated with the specific model of LDO. The specialized LDO computer system transforms the set of operational parameters into a computer model of the specific LDO. The LDO-specific computer model is output as a netlist or as a set of instantiation control values to control external hardware such as an integrated circuit die tooling system or a computer graphical display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert Nichols Atwell, Britt Eric Brooks
  • Publication number: 20200032968
    Abstract: This device was brought about for the need to help in illuminating work areas where details could be overlooked when a bright lighting is unavailable. The ease of use, the multiple applications, light weight, brightness and longevity of the battery life make this a very unique and useful tool enhancer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventor: ROBERT Nichols HOLDEN
  • Publication number: 20200031709
    Abstract: A coated glazing comprising at least the following layers in sequence: a transparent glass substrate, a layer based on an oxide of a metal and/or a layer based on an oxide of a metalloid, and a further layer, wherein either said layer based on an oxide of a metal or said layer based on an oxide of a metalloid is adjacent said transparent glass substrate, wherein said layer that is adjacent said transparent glass substrate comprises a surface that, prior to a coating of said surface, has an arithmetical mean height of the surface value, Sa, of at least 4.0 nm when tested in accordance with ISO 25178-2:2012, and wherein the coated glazing exhibits an average haze value of at least 0.47% when tested in accordance with ASTM D1003-13.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED
    Inventors: MARK ANTHONY FARNWORTH, GARY ROBERT NICHOL, PAUL ANDREW SKINNER, PAUL DAVID WARREN, ALEX JOSEPH ABBOTT
  • Publication number: 20190233487
    Abstract: Peptide analogues of ?-amyloid and methods of using said analogues for neuroprotection are described herein. The ?-amyloid peptide analogues have a sequence that is at least 50% identical to an N-terminal ?-amyloid core fragment. A pharmaceutical composition of the ?-amyloid peptide analogues in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier can be administered to a subject for neuromodulation. The ?-amyloid peptide analogues, while lacking neurotoxicity, effectively provides for protective activity against ?-amyloid toxicity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. Nichols, Kelly Forest, Victor J. Hruby
  • Publication number: 20180346374
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of depositing a coating comprising zinc oxide on a substrate; to a chemical vapour deposition precursor mixture for use in same and to a coated glass article and a photovoltaic cell prepared with a zinc oxide coating prepared using the method which comprises: providing a substrate, providing a precursor mixture comprising an alkyl zinc compound and a phosphorus source, the phosphorus source comprising a compound of formula OnP(OR)3, wherein n is 0 or 1 and each R is hydrocarbyl, and delivering the precursor mixture to a surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED
    Inventors: LIAM SONIE PALMER, PETER MICHAEL HARRIS, GARY ROBERT NICHOL
  • Publication number: 20180064163
    Abstract: A filter apparatus includes a first housing having a wall defining a first cavity, a first end and a second end; a removable lid configured to be coupled to the first end of the first housing; a cap removably coupled to the removable lid such that a second cavity is defined between a portion of the cap and a portion of the removable lid; and a second housing having a wall defining a third cavity, a first end and a second end, where the second housing is disposed inside the first cavity, and where the first end is configured to be removably coupled to the removable lid independently from the first housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventor: Jason Robert Nichols
  • Publication number: 20180068042
    Abstract: A specialized low drop-out voltage regulator (LDO) computer system stores a generalized base model of an LDO. The base model includes values representing a circuit topology and a set of analog behavior blocks associated with the generalized LDO. Values of a set of operational parameters associated with a specific model of LDO are input to the specialized LDO computer system from a data sheet associated with the specific model of LDO. The specialized LDO computer system transforms the set of operational parameters into a computer model of the specific LDO. The LDO-specific computer model is output as a netlist or as a set of instantiation control values to control external hardware such as an integrated circuit die tooling system or a computer graphical display system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Nichols Atwell, Britt Eric Brooks
  • Patent number: 9811619
    Abstract: A specialized low drop-out voltage regulator (LDO) computer system stores a generalized base model of an LDO. The base model includes values representing a circuit topology and a set of analog behavior blocks associated with the generalized LDO. Values of a set of operational parameters associated with a specific model of LDO are input to the specialized LDO computer system from a data sheet associated with the specific model of LDO. The specialized LDO computer system transforms the set of operational parameters into a computer model of the specific LDO. The LDO-specific computer model is output as a netlist or as a set of instantiation control values to control external hardware such as an integrated circuit die tooling system or a computer graphical display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert Nichols Atwell, Britt Eric Brooks
  • Patent number: 9795773
    Abstract: There is described a dry powder medicament delivery device comprising: a medicament container containing a unit dose of dry powder medicament; a medicament dispensing assembly; and optionally an air source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Nichol Boyes, Philip Wilson Braithwaite
  • Patent number: 9716243
    Abstract: Transparent conducting electrodes incorporate an interface layer located on the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) layer of the electrode. The interface layer offers a suitable surface for deposition of further layers in order to fabricate electronic devices such as electrochromic devices or organic light emitting diodes. Problems such as pinholes and short circuiting, associated with the inherent roughness of the TCO layer, are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventors: Neil Mcsporran, Gary Robert Nichol, David Alan Strickler, Kevin David Sanderson
  • Publication number: 20170175261
    Abstract: A method of coating a substrate with zinc oxysulphate (ZnO(1-x)Sx, where 0?x?1) by atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition is disclosed. Various precursors offering sources of zinc, oxygen and sulphur are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED
    Inventors: LIAM SONIE PALMER, PETER MICHAEL HARRIS, DAVID ALAN STRICKLER, GARY ROBERT NICHOL, ANNA LOUISE COLLEY
  • Publication number: 20170051948
    Abstract: Solar collector apparatus is described in which solar radiation is collected in a glazed cavity which may also include a transpired solar collector layer. Air warmed in the cavity may be used for space heating within buildings or diverted to heat management systems which facilitate, for example, heat storage. The glazing, particularly coated glazings, improve the performance of the devices by allowing solar energy to enter the cavity and preventing heat loss, and by negating the effect of ambient wind on the transpired solar collector layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: ALAN DAVID HAZZARD, KEVIN DAVID SANDERSON, GARY ROBERT NICHOL, KARIKATH SUKUMAR VARMA, ANTHONY MASON SMITH, KURT-HENRIK MULLER
  • Patent number: 9523451
    Abstract: A system comprising a visual element for indicating the security of a pipe fitting and associated method. The visual element is configured to adhere to an outer surface of a pipe fitting and disjoin from the outer surface of the pipe fitting according to a set of disjoining criteria. The criteria comprises at least one of application of a sufficient force at the outer surface of the pipe fitting to form a fluid-tight seal between the pipe fitting and another pipe and a circumferential change of the visual element greater than a threshold amount of circumferential change. The visual element may be placed on a pipe fitting into which a pipe is inserted, and the connection between the pipe fitting and the pipe may be secured. Determination of whether the pipe fitting and the pipe are properly connected is performed based on monitoring of the visual element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: ELKHART PRODUCTS CORPORATION, C/O AALBERTS INDUSTRIES N.V.
    Inventor: Robert Nichols
  • Publication number: 20160093824
    Abstract: Transparent conducting electrodes incorporate an interface layer located on the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) layer of the electrode. The interface layer offers a suitable surface for deposition of further layers in order to fabricate electronic devices such as electrochromic devices or organic light emitting diodes. Problems such as pinholes and short circuiting, associated with the inherent roughness of the TCO layer, are reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Applicant: PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED
    Inventors: NEIL MCSPORRAN, GARY ROBERT NICHOL, DAVID ALAN STRICKLER, KEVIN DAVID SANDERSON
  • Publication number: 20150255647
    Abstract: A transparent conducting electrode is disclosed having a coating stack structure, including a dielectric layer, a functional layer based on silver, a barrier layer and a further dielectric layer. The unique coating stack offers an electrode having requisite electrical properties and the ability to withstand elevated temperatures associated with further treatment, e.g. in the manufacture of photovoltaic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED
    Inventors: Neil McSporran, Gary Robert Nichol