Patents by Inventor Steven J. Johnson

Steven J. Johnson 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: 10537330
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a stapling head assembly with at least a portion thereof configured to removably couple with a portion of a shaft assembly. The stapling head assembly has a cartridge housing, a staple deck, a plurality of staples, a staple driver, a cylindraceous knife, a trocar, a first drive member, and an anvil. The first drive member is configured to receive a rotary drive element thereagainst and drive distal translation of at least one of the staple driver, the cylindraceous knife, or the trocar. The anvil is configured to releasably couple to the trocar and includes an anvil shaft and an anvil head. The anvil shaft has proximal and distal shaft end portions. The anvil head is pivotally connected to the distal shaft end portion and has a proximal face with a plurality of staple forming pockets configured to respectively receive the plurality of staples thereagainst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Swayze, Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory W. Johnson, Charles J. Scheib, Steven G. Hall
  • Patent number: 10531762
    Abstract: A beverage making machine having a cartridge holder with an upper portion movable in pivotal and/or linear ways relative to a lower portion. An actuator for the cartridge portion may include a handle-actuated spur gear and link to move the upper portion, which may be guided in movement via a cam and cam follower engagement. Information from a cartridge detector may be used based on movement of cartridge holder portions, e.g., as an upper portion moves from an open position to a closed position. A mixing chamber may be held by a drawer so as to be removable, and movement of the drawer may engage/disengage the mixing chamber from a fluid supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: BEDFORD SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: William Philip McHugh, Jeremy B. Gordon, Scott Grubb, Steven Mackey, Thomas Fedorka, Peter Rae Peterson, Thomas J. Novak, Thomas Paul Dutremble, Gwynn Masada, Bradford Range, Enrico Raffaele Cafaro, Steven Raphaelson, Michael Sack, Brian B. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190379686
    Abstract: A circular, cylindrically shaped tool handle holds multiple sizes of tools. The handle includes one or more holding slots each positioned on the outer surface into which tools are inserted and held. Each holding slot includes one or more contoured compartments in which tools rest when engaged with the handle. Each contoured compartment is of a size and dimension which corresponds to one or more tool sizes. Each contoured compartment is formed about a corresponding receiving hole. A lock is positioned over the contoured compartment to irremovably confine the short leg of the hexagonal wrench within the contoured compartment. Hexagonal shaped tools other than wrenches are able to be used with the handle of the present invention such as screwdrivers and socket wrenches. A tool container stores the tools and the tool handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Ronald L. Johnson, Robert J. Gallegos, Steven Simas Escobar, Anders Scot Hudson, Idriss Mansouri- Chafik Ruiz, Yugen Patrick Lockhart, Howard Allen Wilson, Eric M. Colton
  • Publication number: 20190375285
    Abstract: An energy storage system comprising at least one energy storage module adapted to supply electrical energy to a hybrid vehicle. The energy storage module comprises an enclosure, at least one battery array located within the enclosure, and an energy storage controller module located within the enclosure and electrically connected to the battery array. The energy storage module further comprises a compliant tipped thermistor which may be installed within a flexible clip. The thermistor is positioned to monitor the temperature of one or more of the batteries within the energy storage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Maskew, Scott K. Bennett, Leonard F. Baxter, II, Daniel J. Youngs, Kurt Biehl, Edward Bass, Eric D. Schneider, Felice E. Bailey, Steven T. Reyburn, Dean M. Ford, Clyde E. Johnson, Bruce E. Miller, Richard Bletsis, Derek A. Delrymple, Markus Naegeli, Jerry Wendling, Timothy A. Gasaway, Russell B. Hopkins, Brian C. Morrow, Robert Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10492788
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a stapling head assembly and a shaft assembly having a distal end portion configured to removably couple with the stapling head assembly. The stapling head assembly has a cartridge housing, a staple deck, a plurality of staples that includes first and second staples, a staple driver with a first driver portion and a second driver portion configured to respectively receive the first and second staples thereagainst, a cylindraceous knife, a trocar, and an anvil. The first and second driver portions are configured to respectively direct the first and second staples against the anvil to form the first staple with a first formation height and the second staple with a different, second formation height. The shaft assembly has a safety mechanism configured to prevent firing of the staple driver and the cylindraceous knife when the force load received is below a predetermined minimum force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Swayze, Chester O. Baxter, III, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory W. Johnson, Charles J. Schelb, Steven G. Hall
  • Patent number: 10486787
    Abstract: A Shipboard Auditory Sensor (SAS) for detection and classification of acoustic signaling at sea is capable of detecting whistles blasts from other vessels in accordance with Rules 34 and 35 of COLREGS to support autonomous operations in a maritime environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Leidos, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. McCummins, Steven M. Johnson, Glenn H. May
  • Patent number: 10442069
    Abstract: A biaxial foldout tool includes a body with opposing ends and one or more sets of tool drivers. The opposing ends are rotated 90° from each other. A first set of tool drivers is positioned on/near a first end and rotates about a first hinge; a second set of tool drivers is positioned on/near a second end and rotates about a second hinge. A first portion of the first set opens in a direction counter to an open direction of a second portion of the first set of tool drivers. A first portion of the second set opens in a direction counter to an open direction of a second portion of the second set of tool drivers. When tool drivers are in an open position, internal stops prevent the tool drivers from opening past a predetermined angle. The tool drivers are contained within channels of the body when in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Wagic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Johnson, Robert J. Gallegos, Steven Simas Escobar, Idriss Mansouri-Chafik Ruiz, Yugen Patrick Lockhart
  • Patent number: 10434631
    Abstract: A universal ratcheting tool provides improved handling of tools that are difficult to use on their own, specifically, hexagonal wrenches. The universal ratcheting tool includes a handle and a body with a ratcheting mechanism within the handle. The body includes a first aperture for receiving a tool, and the first aperture includes slots to accept a plurality of sizes of tools. The body also includes a second aperture where the tool extends out of the body. A retaining component is coupled with the body to retain the tool and a retaining tab is able to be used to open and close the retaining component. Once the tool is positioned and retained within the universal ratcheting tool, a user is able to easily install or remove an object such as a screw with the benefit of a comfortable handle and the ease of use of the ratcheting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Wagic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Johnson, Robert J. Gallegos, Steven Simas Escobar, Anders Scot Hudson, Idriss Mansouri-Chafik Ruiz, Yugen Patrick Lockhart, Howard Allen Wilson, Eric M. Colton
  • Patent number: 10421349
    Abstract: An energy storage system comprising at least one energy storage module adapted to supply electrical energy to a hybrid vehicle. The energy storage module comprises an enclosure, at least one battery array located within the enclosure, and an energy storage controller module located within the enclosure and electrically connected to the battery array. The energy storage module further comprises a compliant tipped thermistor which may be installed within a flexible clip. The thermistor is positioned to monitor the temperature of one or more of the batteries within the energy storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Maskew, Scott K. Bennett, Leonard F. Baxter, II, Daniel J. Youngs, Kurt Biehl, Edward Bass, Eric D. Schneider, Felice E. Bailey, Steven T. Reyburn, Dean M. Ford, Clyde E. Johnson, Bruce E. Miller, Richard Bletsis, Derek A. Delrymple, Markus Naegeli, Jerry Wendling, Timothy A. Gasaway, Russell B. Hopkins, Brian C. Morrow, Robert Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20190242121
    Abstract: A multi-use block including a block body having at least a first leg. The blocks can be placed in different orientations with respect to each other to form multiple interlocking structures. The block can be a variety of materials, including concrete, and when concrete, used for making walls and columns. Methods of making and methods of use are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Jay J. JOHNSON, Robert B. BURNQUIST, Steven Paul BENNETT
  • Publication number: 20190220777
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, a Sentiment Analyzer Tool comprises: a data repository; a user interface that graphically presents metrics based on the sentiment data; an application program interface and a processor configured to perform: receiving, via an electronic input, real-time customer communication; extracting, via the processor, text data from the real-time customer communication; generating, via the processor, a customer sentiment score based on the text data; comparing, via the processor, the customer sentiment score to a threshold value to determine a positive sentiment, neutral sentiment or negative sentiment; and graphically representing, via the interactive user interface, the customer sentiment score as compared to sentiment data associated with a plurality of other customers wherein the interactive user interface displays overall sentiment data, sentiment data over a predetermined period of time and a combination of: emotion data, social tendencies data and language styl
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Steven Brook JOHNSON, Alison DORAN, David GLADWIN, Greta ONGARO, Sam HAYNES, Connie BLACKLOCK, Yawwani GUNAWARDANA, Joe TILSED, Isabella RULE, Mark R. WILLIAMS, Nathan P. HOTCHKIN, Erin BREEN, Tamanna BEGUM, Joe J. BOTTIGLIERI
  • Publication number: 20190207372
    Abstract: Electrical box assemblies, cable clamps and cable clamp assemblies are provided. The cable clamps include a base, cable guides, and clamping members that grip an electrical cable passing through the base. The electrical box assembly includes an electrical box, and a cable clamp or a cable clamp assembly. The cable clamp assemblies include dual cable clamps that can fit within pry-outs in an electrical box or that can be releasably secured to an electrical box adjacent pry-outs in an electrical box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. KORCZ, Steven J. JOHNSON, Joseph Edward RICHARD
  • Patent number: 10322627
    Abstract: An energy storage system comprising at least one energy storage module adapted to supply electrical energy to a hybrid vehicle. The energy storage module comprises an enclosure, at least one battery array located within the enclosure, and an energy storage controller module located within the enclosure and electrically connected to the battery array. The energy storage module further comprises a compliant tipped thermistor which may be installed within a flexible clip. The thermistor is positioned to monitor the temperature of one or more of the batteries within the energy storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Maskew, Scott K. Bennett, Leonard F. Baxter, II, Daniel J. Youngs, Kurt Biehl, Edward Bass, Eric D. Schneider, Felice E. Bailey, Steven T. Reyburn, Dean M. Ford, Clyde E. Johnson, Bruce E. Miller, Richard Bletsis, Derek A. Delrymple, Markus Naegell, Jerry Wendling, Timothy A. Gasaway, Russell B. Hopkins, Brian C. Morrow, Robert A. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10322503
    Abstract: A circular, cylindrically shaped tool handle holds multiple sizes of tools. The handle includes one or more holding slots each positioned on the outer surface into which tools are inserted and held. Each holding slot includes one or more contoured compartments in which tools rest when engaged with the handle. Each contoured compartment is of a size and dimension which corresponds to one or more tool sizes. Each contoured compartment is formed about a corresponding receiving hole. A lock is positioned over the contoured compartment to irremovably confine the short leg of the hexagonal wrench within the contoured compartment. Hexagonal shaped tools other than wrenches are able to be used with the handle of the present invention such as screwdrivers and socket wrenches. A tool container stores the tools and the tool handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: WAGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Johnson, Robert J. Gallegos, Steven Simas Escobar, Anders Scot Hudson, Idriss Mansouri-Chafik Ruiz, Yugen Patrick Lockhart, Howard Allen Wilson, Eric M. Colton
  • Patent number: 10321954
    Abstract: A tissue interface module has an applicator chamber on a proximal side of the tissue interface module and a tissue acquisition chamber on a distal side of the tissue interface module. The applicator chamber may include: an opening adapted to receive the applicator; an attachment mechanism positioned in the applicator chamber and adapted to attach the tissue interface module to the applicator; a sealing member positioned at a proximal side of the applicator chamber; and a vacuum interface positioned at a proximal side of the applicator chamber and adapted to receive a vacuum inlet positioned on a distal end of the applicator. The invention also includes corresponding methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MIRADRY, INC.
    Inventors: Yoav Ben-Haim, Peter J. Bentley, Donghoon Chun, Daniel E. Francis, Jessi E. Johnson, Kevin Shan, Ted Y. Su, Steven W. Kim
  • Publication number: 20190166886
    Abstract: Systems, methods and cartridges for carbonating or otherwise dissolving gas in a precursor liquid, such as water, to form a beverage. Carbonating gas can be provided to a tank via the tank outlet, thereby purging at least a portion of a dispense line leading from the tank to a dispensing station. A single pump may be used to deliver liquid to the tank, e.g., for carbonation, and to pump pressurized air to dispense liquid from the tank. A water trap may help remove moisture from carbonating gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Gordon, Brian B. Johnson, Steven Raphaelson, Mario Liuzza, Scott Grubb, Trevor Beckett, Steven Mackey, Thomas Fedorka, Thomas J. Novak, Peter Rae Peterson, Miles Hember, Enrico Raffaele Cafaro
  • Patent number: 10309101
    Abstract: A multi-use block including a block body having at least a first leg. The blocks can be placed in different orientations with respect to each other to form multiple interlocking structures. The block can be a variety of materials, including concrete, and when concrete, used for making walls and columns. Methods of making and methods of use are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay J. Johnson, Robert B. Burnquist, Steven Paul Bennett
  • Patent number: 10263404
    Abstract: Electrical box assemblies, cable clamps and cable clamp assemblies are provided. The cable clamps include a base, cable guides, and clamping members that grip an electrical cable passing through the base. The electrical box assembly includes an electrical box, and a cable clamp or a cable clamp assembly. The cable clamp assemblies include dual cable clamps that can fit within pry-outs in an electrical box or that can be releasably secured to an electrical box adjacent pry-outs in an electrical box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof W. Korcz, Steven J. Johnson, Joseph Edward Richard
  • Patent number: 10256613
    Abstract: An electrical box mounting bracket includes a mounting frame having a central opening. A removable support member is coupled to an inner edge of the central opening by a frangible tab. A removable extension member is coupled to the support member by a frangible tab that can be removed and attached to an end of the support member. A cable guide is coupled to an inner edge of the central opening by a first fold line and is bendable to a position for supporting a cable. The cable guide has a body or support plate with a plurality of adjacent cable openings with a retaining tab between two adjacent cable openings. The retaining tab is bendable from a first open position for inserting a cable into the cable openings and a second closed position to retain the cable in the cable openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Krzysztof Korcz, Steven J. Johnson
  • Patent number: D860477
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Paul Bennett, Robert Brian Burnquist, Jay J. Johnson