Patents by Inventor Rodney C. Harris

Rodney C. Harris 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: 20200271894
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adjustable mirror mount that is capable of adjusting a mirror in two axes with a high degree of precision and low cross-coupling. Long horizontal and vertical adjustment arms are used to allow the precision adjustment about both a horizontal axis and a vertical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventor: Rodney C. Harris
  • Patent number: 10697881
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sampler that obtains fluid samples with a probe and washes the probe during the act of withdrawing the probe from a sample container. In addition, detection of a collision of the probe and/or the wash station with another object can be quickly detected using sensors that determine if a collision situation exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney C. Harris
  • Patent number: 10663690
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adjustable mirror mount that is capable of adjusting a mirror in two axes with a high degree of precision and low cross-coupling. Long horizontal and vertical adjustment arms are used to allow the precision adjustment about both a horizontal axis and a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney C. Harris
  • Patent number: 9927342
    Abstract: Disclosed is a two station system for a flow cytometer that includes a sample station and a wash station. During washing, the user has access to the sample station to insert a new sample. This increases the efficiency of the workflow process. Rotary clamps are used to automatically clamp the sample station and wash station to the system. A low volume pressurized cavity is used to bring the pressure of the sample to a desired pressure, which further increases productivity of the system. A transparent body is provided in the sample station so a user can view the sample during the sampling process. A backwash process is used to clean the sample injection tube and the sample uptake tube. In addition, the wash station is designed to rinse the outer surface of the sample uptake tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Michael Gaskill-Fox, Daniel N. Fox, Rodney C. Harris
  • Publication number: 20170241886
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sampler that obtains fluid samples with a probe and washes the probe during the act of withdrawing the probe from a sample container. In addition, detection of a collision of the probe and/or the wash station with another object can be quickly detected using sensors that determine if a collision situation exists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventor: Rodney C. Harris
  • Publication number: 20170212326
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adjustable mirror mount that is capable of adjusting a mirror in two axes with a high degree of precision and low cross-coupling. Long horizontal and vertical adjustment arms are used to allow the precision adjustment about both a horizontal axis and a vertical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventor: Rodney C. Harris
  • Patent number: 9162229
    Abstract: Disclosed is a collection sled for collecting a waste droplet stream 122 in a waste stream catcher that is located below sample collectors. Contamination of collected samples is reduced by collecting the waste droplet stream at a position that is below the sample collectors. A waste trough is provided that gets progressively larger in a downward direction, which prevents backsplash of waste fluid from the collection cavity. Standard sample collector tubes, as well as 8-well strips and microscope slides can be used with the collection sled to collect sample particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Michael Gaskill-Fox, Daniel N. Fox, Rodney C. Harris
  • Publication number: 20130340539
    Abstract: Disclosed is a collection sled for collecting a waste droplet stream 122 in a waste stream catcher that is located below sample collectors. Contamination of collected samples is reduced by collecting the waste droplet stream at a position that is below the sample collectors. A waste trough is provided that gets progressively larger in a downward direction, which prevents backsplash of waste fluid from the collection cavity. Standard sample collector tubes, as well as 8-well strips and microscope slides can be used with the collection sled to collect sample particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Nathan Michael Gaskill-Fox, Daniel N. Fox, Rodney C. Harris
  • Publication number: 20130340795
    Abstract: Disclosed is a two station system for a flow cytometer that includes a sample station and a wash station. During washing, the user has access to the sample station to insert a new sample. This increases the efficiency of the workflow process. Rotary clamps are used to automatically clamp the sample station and wash station to the system. A low volume pressurized cavity is used to bring the pressure of the sample to a desired pressure, which further increases productivity of the system. A transparent body is provided in the sample station so a user can view the sample during the sampling process. A backwash process is used to clean the sample injection tube and the sample uptake tube. In addition, the wash station is designed to rinse the outer surface of the sample uptake tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Michael Gaskill-Fox, Daniel N. Fox, Rodney C. Harris
  • Patent number: 8256677
    Abstract: A holographic read only memory card which can be coupled to and read by a card reader to which electronic read only memory cards can also be coupled to and read by the card reader is disclosed. The holographic read only memory card comprises: a housing having a compartment for receiving a holographic storage medium; a holographic storage medium having stored thereon holographic data; and optionally a an electronics panel member having an electronic memory component which can be read by the card reader when the holographic read only memory card is coupled to the electronic card reader. The housing comprises one or more card locating members to thereby repeatedly position the holographic read only memory card each time the holographic read only memory card is coupled to the electronic card reader so that the holographic data can be read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignees: InPhase Technologies, Inc., Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rodney C. Harris, Hiroshi Kamada, Motofumi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 8141782
    Abstract: A card connector which can interchangeably couple a holographic memory card or an electronic memory card to a card reader and/or writer which can then read and/or write to the coupled holographic memory card or electronic memory card. The card connector comprises: a memory card receiving section which can interchangeably receive the holographic memory card or the electronic memory card; and one or more card positioning members which cooperate with one or more card locating members on the coupled holographic memory card or the coupled electronic memory card to thereby repeatedly position the coupled holographic memory card or the coupled electronic memory card each time the holographic memory card or the electronic memory card is coupled to the card reader and/or writer, and is in a fully inserted card position, so that data can be read from and/or written to the coupled holographic memory card or the coupled electronic memory card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignees: InPhase Technologies, Inc., Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rodney C. Harris, Hiroshi Kamada, Motofumi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 7755836
    Abstract: An imaging system comprises a masking element configured to mask a predetermined quantity of lens elements of a lens array during a scan of a media object to change a depth of field of the lens array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Rodney C. Harris, Kurt E. Spears
  • Patent number: 7738153
    Abstract: The present invention provides a scanner comprising: a base member; a scanning beam reflective member having a first tilt axis and a second tilt axis orthogonal to the first tilt axis; a mounting assembly for mounting the scanning beam reflective member on the base member for tilting of thereof along the first and second tilt axes; an actuator for tilting the scanning beam reflective member along the first and second tilt axes to provide a tilt orientation; a magnet assembly which generates one or more magnetic fields which are responsive and correlated to the tilt orientation; and a magnetic field sensor assembly for sensing the magnetic fields generated by the magnet assembly to thereby indicate the tilt orientation. The mounting assembly may comprise a suspension assembly having a tilt imparting assembly for imparting tilt to the reflective member, and a reflective member holder assembly for holding the reflective member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Inphase Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney C. Harris, Keith W. Malang
  • Patent number: 7551336
    Abstract: The present invention provides a scanner comprising: a reflector component; means supporting the reflector component for pivoting with respect to the MCR to provide a scan which is stationary with respect to the OCR; means for enabling the support means to provide controlled pivoting of the reflector component; a magnet component which causes pivoting of the reflector component when actuated; and means for actuating the magnet component to thereby cause pivoting of the reflector component. Also provided is a scanner comprising a reflective prism for providing a circularized scanning beam, a prism carrier and magnet suspension assembly, and flexure means connected to the assembly to enable the prism to controllably pivot: (1) with respect to the MCR axis to provide a scan which is stationary with respect to the OCR; and (2) with respect to a pitch axis orthogonal to the MCR to provide an orthogonal scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignees: InPhase Technologies, Inc., Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Sissom, Rodney C. Harris
  • Publication number: 20090014522
    Abstract: A holographic read only memory card which can be coupled to and read by a card reader to which electronic read only memory cards can also be coupled to and read by the card reader is disclosed. The holographic read only memory card comprises: a housing having a compartment for receiving a holographic storage medium; a holographic storage medium having stored thereon holographic data; and optionally a an electronics panel member having an electronic memory component which can be read by the card reader when the holographic read only memory card is coupled to the electronic card reader. The housing comprises one or more card locating members to thereby repeatedly position the holographic read only memory card each time the holographic read only memory card is coupled to the electronic card reader so that the holographic data can be read.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicants: InPhase Technologies, Inc., Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rodney C. HARRIS, Hiroshi Kamada, Motofumi Yoshino
  • Publication number: 20090017687
    Abstract: A card connector which can interchangeably couple a holographic memory card or an electronic memory card to a card reader and/or writer which can then read and/or write to the coupled holographic memory card or electronic memory card. The card connector comprises: a memory card receiving section which can interchangeably receive the holographic memory card or the electronic memory card; and one or more card positioning members which cooperate with one or more card locating members on the coupled holographic memory card or the coupled electronic memory card to thereby repeatedly position the coupled holographic memory card or the coupled electronic memory card each time the holographic memory card or the electronic memory card is coupled to the card reader and/or writer, and is in a fully inserted card position, so that data can be read from and/or written to the coupled holographic memory card or the coupled electronic memory card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicants: INPHASE TECHNOLOGIES, INC., NINTENDO CO,. LTD.
    Inventors: Rodney C. HARRIS, Hiroshi KAMADA, Motofumi YOSHINO
  • Patent number: 7453618
    Abstract: The present invention provides a scanner comprising: a reflector component; means supporting the reflector component for pivoting with respect to the MCR to provide a scan which is stationary with respect to the OCR; means for enabling the support means to provide controlled pivoting of the reflector component; a magnet component which causes pivoting of the reflector component when actuated; and means for actuating the magnet component to thereby cause pivoting of the reflector component. Also provided is a scanner comprising a reflective prism for providing a circularized scanning beam, a prism carrier and magnet suspension assembly, and flexure means connected to the assembly to enable the prism to controllably pivot: (1) with respect to the MCR axis to provide a scan which is stationary with respect to the OCR; and (2) with respect to a pitch axis orthogonal to the MCR to provide an orthogonal scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignees: Inphase Technologies, Inc., Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Sissom, Rodney C. Harris
  • Patent number: 7433092
    Abstract: Transparency media adapter and methods of using the same. Implementations of a system may comprise an imaging device having a light source and at least one sensor. A media adapter operatively associated with the imaging device includes a first reflective surface and a second reflective surface arranged to shift light emitted by the light source to a predetermined focus point of the at least one sensor during an imaging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kurt E Spears, Rodney C. Harris, Eric Femandez
  • Publication number: 20080197263
    Abstract: The present invention provides a scanner comprising: a reflector component; means supporting the reflector component for pivoting with respect to the MCR to provide a scan which is stationary with respect to the OCR; means for enabling the support means to provide controlled pivoting of the reflector component; a magnet component which causes pivoting of the reflector component when actuated; and means for actuating the magnet component to thereby cause pivoting of the reflector component. Also provided is a scanner comprising a reflective prism for providing a circularized scanning beam, a prism carrier and magnet suspension assembly, and flexure means connected to the assembly to enable the prism to controllably pivot: (1) with respect to the MCR axis to provide a scan which is stationary with respect to the OCR; and (2) with respect to a pitch axis orthogonal to the MCR to provide an orthogonal scan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicants: INPHASE TECHNOLOGIES, INC., NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bradley J. SISSOM, Rodney C. Harris
  • Publication number: 20080192317
    Abstract: The present invention provides a scanner comprising: a reflector component; means supporting the reflector component for pivoting with respect to the MCR to provide a scan which is stationary with respect to the OCR; means for enabling the support means to provide controlled pivoting of the reflector component; a magnet component which causes pivoting of the reflector component when actuated; and means for actuating the magnet component to thereby cause pivoting of the reflector component. Also provided is a scanner comprising a reflective prism for providing a circularized scanning beam, a prism carrier and magnet suspension assembly, and flexure means connected to the assembly to enable the prism to controllably pivot: (1) with respect to the MCR axis to provide a scan which is stationary with respect to the OCR; and (2) with respect to a pitch axis orthogonal to the MCR to provide an orthogonal scan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicants: INPHASE TECHNOLOGIES, INC., NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Sissom, Rodney C. Harris