Patents by Inventor Robert W. Williams

Robert W. Williams 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: 20220145404
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for identifying novel genes useful for modulating desired agronomic traits in plants are presented herein. The present disclosure relates to methods for identifying line-specific and cluster-specific genes from plants that show perturbation of expression in response to perturbation of expression of a primary gene, and the perturbation of expression of the line-specific or cluster-specific gene confers alterations in agronomic characteristics upon the plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicants: E. I. DUPONT DE NEUMOURS AND COMPANY, PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: SONAL BAKIWALA, DEBASIS DAN, KRUPA DESHMUKH, MARY J. FRANK, NANDINI KRISHAMURTHY, BINDU ANDREUZZA, ROBERT W. WILLIAMS, SANGEETA AGARWAL
  • Publication number: 20210324398
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for editing an endogenous NAC genes in plants are provided, for the improvement of traits of agronomic or commercial importance. Modifications of expression and activity of NAC genes are described, including editing endogenous NAC gene functional motifs and knocking out NAC gene function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: ZHENGLIN HOU, MARY A RUPE, BO SHEN, ROBERT W WILLIAMS, WEIQING ZENG, JUN ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20210180079
    Abstract: Provided are compositions comprising polynucleotides encoding glutamine synthetase (GS) polypeptides having improved properties, such as increased enzymatic activity and/or increased thermostability. Also provided are recombinant DNA constructs, plants, plant cells, seed, grain comprising the polynucleotides. Additionally, various methods of employing the polynucleotides in plants, such as methods for increasing GS activity in a plant, methods for increase seed protein content in a seed of a plant, and methods for increasing yield of a plant, are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: STEVEN HENRY BASS, ERICKA BERMUDEZ, ZHENGLIN HOU, SHAI LAWIT, MARIAN BEECHER SANDOVAL, BO SHEN, PETER THELEN, YANG WANG, ROBERT W WILLIAMS, JINGRUI WU, JUN ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20170183671
    Abstract: Isolated polynucleotides and polypeptides and recombinant DNA constructs useful for conferring drought tolerance, compositions (such as plants or seeds) comprising these recombinant DNA constructs, and methods utilizing these recombinant DNA constructs. The recombinant DNA construct comprises a polynucleotide operably linked to a promoter that is functional in a plant, wherein said polynucleotide encodes a PRE2 polypeptide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen M. Allen, Rajeev Gupta, Shuping Jiao, Robert B Meeley, Dilbag S Multani, Robert W Williams
  • Publication number: 20160369295
    Abstract: Isolated polynucleotides and polypeptides and recombinant DNA constructs useful for conferring stress tolerance are presented herein, along with compositions (such as plants or seeds) comprising these recombinant DNA constructs, and methods utilizing these recombinant DNA constructs. The recombinant DNA construct comprises a polynucleotide operably linked to a promoter that is functional in a plant, wherein said polynucleotide encodes a DTP4 polypeptide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicants: Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Stephen M. Allen, Bindu Andreuzza, Norbert Brugiere, Zhenglin Hou, Ratna Kumria, H. Renee Lafitte, Xiao-Yi Li, Cheng Lu, Stanley Luck, Amitabh Mohanty, Jeffery Mullen, Rupa Raja, Hajime Sakai, Scott V. Tingey, Robert W. Williams
  • Publication number: 20160264988
    Abstract: Isolated polynucleotides and polypeptides and recombinant DNA constructs useful for conferring drought tolerance, compositions (such as plants or seeds) comprising these recombinant DNA constructs, and methods utilizing these recombinant DNA constructs. The recombinant DNA construct comprises a polynucleotide operably linked to a promoter that is functional in a plant, wherein said polynucleotide encodes a RING-H2 polypeptide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Stephen M. ALLEN, Honor Renee LAFITTE, Stanley LUCK, Hajime SAKAI, Sobhana SIVASANKAR, Robert W. WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20160060647
    Abstract: Isolated polynucleotides, polypeptides and recombinant DNA constructs useful for conferring drought tolerance are disclosed. The recombinant DNA construct comprises a promoter that is functional in a plant operably linked to a polynucleotide that encodes a PAP, a DTP25 or a DTP46 polypeptide. Also disclosed are methods of utilizing the recombinant DNA construct and compositions (such as plants or seeds) comprising the recombinant DNA construct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Applicants: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC., E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventors: STEPHEN M. ALLEN, HONOR RENEE LAFITTE, STANLEY LUCK, JEFFREY MULLEN, HAJIME SAKAI, RINKU RANJAN SARANGI, ABHIMAN SARASWATHI, SOBHANA SIVASANKAR, SCOTT V. TINGEY, ROBERT W. WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20150292498
    Abstract: A compact dual-output speed-reduction mechanism for oil well pumps includes a housing containing a chamber; a high-speed tubular input shaft having a first end portion journalled in a first housing opening, and an eccentric portion arranged in the housing chamber; a low-speed output shaft journalled within the input shaft, the output shaft having a first end portion extending outwardly of the housing beyond the input shaft first end portion, and a second end portion that extends beyond the input shaft second end portion and outwardly of the housing via a second housing opening opposite the first housing opening. A cycloidal speed-reduction mechanism arranged in the housing chamber is connected between the input shaft eccentric portion and the housing, and between the input shaft eccentric portion and a power transfer disk connected with the output shaft. At least one rotatably-driven device is connected with the two output shaft end portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Applicant: Rotec Engineering
    Inventor: Robert W. Williams
  • Publication number: 20150252409
    Abstract: The present invention provides for methods, processes and platforms to validate systems genetics networks to define their genetic regulators and to optimize translational applicability to humans for drug development. These systems genetics networks are sets of genes with a common function that demonstrate covariate expression that is genetically modulated by linked function network regulators (LFNRs) which comprise eQTLs in animals and GWAS SNPs in humans. LFNRs represent a new class of targets to identify drugs to prevent, ameliorate, and/or treat human diseases. LFNRs for the cell cycle-mitosis network have potential to be especially useful for anti-cancer therapies. The present invention provides for a drug that targets a specific LFNR for the cell cycle-mitosis network in Caucasian male liver to prevent the development of hepatocellular carcinoma in high risk patient populations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: Varigenix, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Scott, Robert W. Williams
  • Patent number: 8560311
    Abstract: A speech recognition system includes a natural language processing component and an automated speech recognition component distinct from each other such that uncertainty in speech recognition is isolated from uncertainty in natural language understanding, wherein the natural language processing component and an automated speech recognition component communicate corresponding weighted meta-information representative of the uncertainty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: Robert W. Williams, John E. Keane
  • Patent number: 7774292
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for the use of virtual robots (Bots) to assist in the answering of inquiries from persons over the Internet, telephone, wireless, or other form of electrical, digital, or electronic communication. Such method and system consists of (1) a Bot processor consisting of (a) a connection interface capable of receiving, directly or indirectly, inputs from a user in natural or machine language, which the Bot processor then responds to in natural or machine language, and (b) an engine capable of recognizing an input and providing a response; and (2) a service desk consisting of (a) a human being, (b) a connection interface that connects directly or indirectly to the Bot processor and to the front end, and (c) a display where the human being can see, in humanly comprehensible form, information transmitted by the user and/or the Bot processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Conversive, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brennan, Aaron Joseph McBride, Robert Rappaport, Jeremy Romero, Robert W. Williams
  • Patent number: 7393254
    Abstract: The present application relates to a marine buoy featuring a novel bracing assembly disposed within a marine buoy and featuring a plurality of bracing members extending between and connecting to a first fastening member and a second fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Tideland Signal Corporation
    Inventors: John Stewart Young, Christopher T. Smith, Robert W. Williams, W. Richard Klein
  • Patent number: 7188325
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for selecting transistor threshold voltages on an integrated circuit may include assigning a first threshold voltage to selected groups of transistors such as cell instances, for example, and determining which of the selected groups of transistors to assign a second threshold voltage, that is lower than the first threshold voltage, by iteratively performing a cost/benefit analysis. The method may further include determining which of the selected groups of transistors having a third threshold voltage to assign the first threshold voltage by iteratively performing a cost/benefit analysis. The cost/benefit analysis may include calculating a cost/benefit ratio for each group of the selected groups of transistors. In addition, the cost/benefit analysis may include calculating an upcone benefit and a downcone benefit for groups of transistors coupled to one or more inputs and outputs, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Marius Evers, Jeffrey E. Trull, Alper Halbutogullari, Robert W. Williams
  • Patent number: 6805353
    Abstract: A contract wager and a bonus wager are placed to participate in the card game. A three card player hand is dealt face down to the player, a three card primary dealer hand is dealt face down to the dealer, and a three card dealer secondary hand is dealt face down to the dealer. Then, one of the cards of the primary dealer hand is exposed. The player hand is examined to determine the point total thereof, and an additional wager is placed to continue to participate in the card game. Then, the remaining two cards of the primary dealer hand are exposed, and the point total of the primary dealer hand is determined. If desired, one of the cards in the primary dealer hand may be replaced with one of the cards in the secondary dealer hand if the point total of the primary dealer hand is less than a predetermined minimum amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: Robert W. Williams
  • Publication number: 20040092301
    Abstract: A wagering credit is applied to a video gambling machine using a player wagering device. A contract wager and a bonus wager are placed using input selection devices on the video gambling machine. A visual display device displays a three card player hand dealt face down to the player, a three card primary dealer hand dealt face down to the dealer, and a three card dealer secondary hand dealt face down to the dealer. Then, one of the cards of the primary dealer hand is exposed. The player hand is examined to determine the point total thereof, and an additional wager is placed using an input selection device to continue to participate in the card game. Then, the remaining two cards of the primary dealer hand are exposed, and the point total of the primary dealer hand is determined. If desired, one of the cards in the primary dealer hand may be replaced with one of the cards in the secondary dealer hand if the point total of the primary dealer hand is less than a predetermined minimum amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Inventor: Robert W. Williams
  • Publication number: 20030184015
    Abstract: A contract wager and a bonus wager are placed to participate in the card game. A three card player hand is dealt face down to the player, a three card primary dealer hand is dealt face down to the dealer, and a three card dealer secondary hand is dealt face down to the dealer. Then, one of the cards of the primary dealer hand is exposed. The player hand is examined to determine the point total thereof, and an additional wager is placed to continue to participate in the card game. Then, the remaining two cards of the primary dealer hand are exposed, and the point total of the primary dealer hand is determined. If desired, one of the cards in the primary dealer hand may be replaced with one of the cards in the secondary dealer hand if the point total of the primary dealer hand is less than a predetermined minimum amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Robert W. Williams
  • Publication number: 20020178616
    Abstract: This invention concerns an adjustable shoe capable of being fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes, comprising a two-part sole structure, which includes a forward sole member and a rear sole member, a shoe body, comprising a forward body portion and a rear body portion, and a heel. The forward sole member is freely movable back and forth relative to said rear sole member for matching different foot length to fit the foot being fitted within the shoe. The forward body portion is mounted on the forward sole member, the rear body portion mounted on the rear sole member, and the heel mounted under the rear sole member. The forward body portion is selectively adjustable for engaging and holding a top area for matching and holding different foot width and foot height to fit the foot being fitted within the shoe. The forward body is freely movable back and forth relative to said rear body portion for matching and holding different foot length to fit the foot being fitted within the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Robert W. Williams
  • Publication number: 20020123058
    Abstract: A novel population for genetic mapping, methods for generating the disclosed population, and methods for using the disclosed population for efficient identification of genetic loci that modulate a phenotype. Also provided are methods for identifying interactions between genetic loci and non-genetic factors that modulate a phenotype. Further provided are methods for defining epistatic relationships among genes gene networks and non-genetic factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventors: David W. Threadgill, Robert W. Williams
  • Patent number: 5859338
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to clavata1 nucleic acids, proteins, and antibodies, and to plants transformed with clavata1 nucleic acids having altered phenotypes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Elliot M. Meyerowitz, Steven E. Clark, Robert W. Williams
  • Patent number: 5554685
    Abstract: The invention is a composition of matter used in the making of raised characters for use in signs, and a method of manufacturing raised characters made from the composition. The matter is a polymerizable composition comprising a silicone rubber compound, and about 10 to about 50 weight percent of a silica filler based on the weight of the polymerizable composition. Moreover, the composition of matter is a curable composition comprising a vinyl resin selected from a vinyl plastisol or vinyl organosol, and about 10 to about 50 weight percent of a silica filler based on the weight of curable composition. The invention also includes a method of manufacturing raised characters for use in signs comprising machining the characters from a partially cured polymerizable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: American Tactile Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne L. Dorpfeld, Robert W. Williams, Arnold R. Wolfe