Patents by Inventor William A. Armstrong

William A. Armstrong 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: 10845945
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to computer-implemented management of first and second electronic documents, each of containing a sequence of content components. A user interface displays a first sequence of display elements to represent the first electronic document, and a second sequence of display elements to represent the second electronic document. Each of the display elements in each of the displayed sequences represents an individual content component or group of content components of the electronic document represented by that sequence. The first and second sequences are displayed alongside each other, with their respective display elements in an initial alignment, to allow a side-by-side comparison of the electronic documents. The user can automatically realign the sequences to a selected content component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Gavin Smyth, Andrew Fitzgibbon, Siân Elizabeth Lindley, Richard Malcolm Banks, Darren Keith Edge, Advait Sarkar, Olivia Evelyn Mary Fletcher Vane, Michael William Armstrong, Ewa Luger
  • Patent number: 10835250
    Abstract: A surgical stapling assembly comprising a firing member, an end effector, a closure member, and a shaft including an attachment interface is disclosed. The surgical stapling assembly is configured to be attached to a surgical instrument interface by way of the attachment interface. The end effector comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, and a staple cartridge comprising staples configured to be ejected by the firing member. The second jaw is movable relative to the first jaw between an open position, a fully-clamped position, and a collapsed position. The end effector further comprises an interconnection between the first jaw and the second jaw defining a rotational axis about which the second iaw is movable relative to the first iaw. The rotational axis is shiftable toward and away from the first iaw as the second iaw is moved between the open position, the fully-clamped position, and the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: William B. Weisenburgh, II, Jerome R. Morgan, Kyle P. Moore, Mark H. Ransick, Steven G. Hall, Randall J. Tanguay, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Galen C. Robertson, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra K Parihar, Donna L. Korvick, Richard W. Timm, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, Charles J. Scheib, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Mark S. Ortiz, Douglas B. Hoffman, Patrick A. Weizman, Dean B. Bruewer, Gregory B. Blair, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Publication number: 20200354447
    Abstract: Multivalent binding peptides, including bi-specific binding peptides, having immunoglobulin effector function are provided, along with encoding nucleic acids, vectors and host cells as well as methods for making such peptides and methods for using such peptides to treat or prevent a variety of diseases, disorders or conditions, as well as to ameliorate at least one symptom associated with such a disease, disorder or condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Armstrong THOMPSON, Jeffrey A. LEDBETTER, Martha Susan HAYDEN-LEDBETTER, Laura Sue GROSMAIRE, Robert BADER, William BRADY
  • Patent number: 10743851
    Abstract: A surgical tool for use with a surgical instrument including a handle assembly and an elongated body defining a longitudinal axis and a drive system is disclosed. The surgical tool comprises a carrier removably couplable to the elongated body, an anvil movably supported for selective movement relative to the carrier in response to drive motions from the drive system, a tissue thickness measuring member movably supported in the carrier and configured to move toward and away from an underside of the anvil in a direction that is transverse to the longitudinal axis, and a sensor arrangement supported between the tissue thickness measuring member and the carrier. The sensor arrangement is configured to interface with an indicator member to provide an indication of a thickness of tissue clamped between the anvil and the tissue thickness measuring member at a location that is proximal to the anvil when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra Kumar Parihar, Donna L. Korvick, Richard W. Timm, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, Charles J. Scheib, Eugene L. Timperman
  • Patent number: 10744239
    Abstract: Embodiments of a negative pressure wound therapy systems and methods for operating the systems are disclosed. In some embodiments, a system includes a pump assembly, canister, and a wound dressing configured to be positioned over a wound. The pump assembly, canister, and the wound dressing can be fluidically connected to facilitate delivery of negative pressure to a wound. The pump assembly can present graphical user interface screens for controlling and monitoring delivery of negative pressure. The system can be configured to efficiently deliver negative pressure and to detect and indicate presence of certain conditions, such as low pressure, high pressure, leak, canister full, and the like. Monitoring and detection of operating condition can be performed by measuring one or more operational parameters, such as pressure, flow rate, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Armstrong, Carrie Lee Childress, William W. Gregory, William Joseph Jaecklein, Kathryn Ann Leigh, Paul N. Minor, Michael Mosholder, Felix C. Quintanar, Christopher Rouseff, Matthew Smith, W. Len Smith, Anthony G. Trupiano, John Wyatt
  • Patent number: 10716568
    Abstract: A surgical stapling assembly comprising a staple cartridge carrier, an anvil, an outer surface, a closure member, a staple cartridge, and a firing system is disclosed. The anvil is rotatable between a first position and a second position. The closure member is slideable along the outer surface to hold the anvil in the second position. The closure member comprises a clearance opening. The staple cartridge is positioned within the staple cartridge carrier. The staple cartridge comprises staples removably stored therein. The staple cartridge and the anvil define a tissue gap therebetween when the anvil is in the second position. The clearance opening is aligned with the tissue gap when the anvil is in the second position. The firing system is configured to eject the staples from the staple cartridge during a staple firing stroke. The firing system engages the staple cartridge carrier and the anvil during the staple firing stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Steven G. Hall, Randall J. Tanguay, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Galen C. Robertson, Andrew M. Zwolinski, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Mark S. Ortiz, Douglas B. Hoffman, Patrick A. Weizman, Dean B. Bruewer, Gregory B. Blair, Charles J. Scheib, Kevin R. Doll, Bret W. Smith, William D. Kelly, Ronald J. Kolata, Joshua R. Uth, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Jerome R. Morgan, Kyle P. Moore, Mark H. Ransick, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra K. Parihar, Donna L. Korvick, Richard W. Timm
  • Patent number: 10698917
    Abstract: A computer system edits a first electronic slide deck by reusing content from a second electronic slide deck, the electronic slide decks containing first and second sequences of slides respectively. The computer system identifies at least a second of the slides of the second electronic slide deck as a candidate for insertion in the first electronic slide deck by identifying the second slide as having a target positional relationship with a first slide of the first electronic slide deck. In response to the user accepting a suggestion to insert the second slide into the first slide deck, a version of the second slide is inserted into the first slide deck at a position in the first sequence that is determined automatically by the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Gavin Smyth, Richard Malcolm Banks, Siân Elizabeth Lindley, Michael William Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20200189158
    Abstract: A reel based tensioning device includes a housing, a spool that is rotatably positioned within the housing, and a knob member that is operably coupled with the spool to cause the spool to rotate in a first direction within the housing and thereby wind a tension member about the spool. The reel based tensioning device also includes a load holding mechanism that is coupled with the spool and that is configured to rotate the spool in the first direction within the housing and to prevent rotation of the spool in a second direction to prevent unwinding of the tension member from about the spool. The reel based tensioning device further includes an audible component that is configured to produce an audible noise responsive to operation of the knob member to signal an adjustment of the tension member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Boa Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Hipwood, Eric Irwin, Thomas Trudel, Mark Soderberg, Michael Nickel, Oronde Armstrong, Cody Henderson, Greg Langley, William Roushey, Thomas Pollack, Ashley Pickens, Ilya Minkin, Eric Whewell
  • Publication number: 20200176321
    Abstract: Fabrication of narrow and wide structures based on lithographic patterning of exclusively narrow mask structures. Multi-patterning may be employed to define narrow mask structures. Wide mask structures may be derived through a process-based merging of multiple narrow mask structures. The merge may include depositing a cap layer over narrow structures, filling in minimum spaces. The cap layer may be removed leaving residual cap material only within minimum spaces. Narrow and wide structures may be etched into an underlayer based on a summation of the narrow mask structures and residual cap material. A plug pattern may further mask portions of the cap layer not completely filling space between adjacent mask structures. The underlayer may then be etched based on a summation of the narrow mask structures, plug pattern, and residual cap material. Such methods may be utilized to integrate nanoribbon transistors with nanowire transistors in an integrated circuit (IC).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard P/ Guler, Biswajeet Guha, Mark Armstrong, Tahir Ghani, William Hsu
  • Patent number: 10656814
    Abstract: This disclose relates to computer-implemented management of an electronic slide deck, the electronic slide deck containing a set of slides to be presented individually. The computer system processes the slides of the electronic slide deck to autonomously group the slides into a plurality of groups, the autonomous grouping being performed by identifying the slides in each of the groups as having related content, generates in association with the electronic slide deck, grouping data in electronic storage accessible to the computer system, the grouping data denoting the identified groups of slides, and controls a user interface based on the stored grouping data to convey, to a user, information relating to at least one of the identified groups of slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Siân Elizabeth Lindley, Andrew Fitzgibbon, Samuel Gavin Smyth, Richard Malcolm Banks, Darren Keith Edge, Advait Sarkar, Olivia Evelyn Mary Fletcher Vane, Michael William Armstrong, Ewa Luger
  • Patent number: 10609210
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method may include (i) identifying a set of launch icons for a graphical user interface, where each launch icon within the set of launch icons navigates to a corresponding activity within a set of activities when selected via the graphical user interface, (ii) selecting, from the set of activities and based on at least one recommendation criterion, a smaller subset of recommended activities for a user, (iii) displaying, via the graphical user interface, a dock that includes a subset of launch icons corresponding to the subset of recommended activities, (iv) receiving, via the graphical user interface, an input to view a drawer element that includes each launch icon within the set of launch icons, and (v) presenting, via the graphical user interface, the drawer element in response to receiving the input. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: William Christopher Van Hecke, Áthila Armstrong Machado Santos, Alexa Andrzejewski, John Evans, Cristobal Alvaro Castilla Lacomba, Christine Serrone Gray, Arthur Bodolec, Laura Ling Javier, Ryan Lee, Jessica Drum, Matthew Paul Viscomi
  • Patent number: 10590722
    Abstract: The invention provides a downhole apparatus (100) for positioning a tool or toolstring (10) in a wellbore and a method of use. The apparatus comprises a body (102) configured to be coupled to a tool or toolstring to be positioned in the wellbore. A plurality of support elements (108) is located on the body, the support elements comprising a first retracted position and a second open position. In the open position the support elements define one or more support surfaces. When the apparatus is lowered in a wellbore the one or more support surfaces of the support elements are configured to contact a restriction in the wellbore to support the apparatus in the wellbore and prevent downward movement of the apparatus in the wellbore past the restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Searight, William Chappel, Keith Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10543630
    Abstract: A reel based tensioning device includes a housing, a spool that is rotatably positioned within the housing, and a knob member that is operably coupled with the spool to cause the spool to rotate in a first direction within the housing and thereby wind a tension member about the spool. The reel based tensioning device also includes a load holding mechanism that is coupled with the spool and that is configured to rotate the spool in the first direction within the housing and to prevent rotation of the spool in a second direction to prevent unwinding of the tension member from about the spool. The reel based tensioning device further includes an audible component that is configured to produce an audible noise responsive to operation of the knob member to signal an adjustment of the tension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: BOA Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Hipwood, Eric Irwin, Thomas Trudel, Mark Soderberg, Michael Nickel, Oronde Armstrong, Cody Henderson, Greg Langley, William Roushey, Thomas Pollack, Ashley Pickens, Ilya Minkin, Eric Whewell
  • Publication number: 20200002093
    Abstract: Described in detail herein is an autonomous object storage and retrieval system. A tray can support one or more physical objects. One or more adjustable members coupled to the tray can transition from a first state to a second state based on the one or more physical objects disposed on the tray. The one or more adjustable members stabilize the one or more physical objects when the one or more adjustable members are in the second state. A transport apparatus can transport the tray with the physical object. The one or more adjustable members are in the second state as the transport apparatus transports the tray between the at least one of the plurality of shelves and the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: David G. Tovey, Boyd Dean Bryant, Robert Michael Armstrong, Kurt William Robert Bessel, Jason Bellar
  • Publication number: 20200002713
    Abstract: A genetically modified fruit-producing plant, said plant having sufficiently reduced total Polyphenol Oxidase (PPO) activity relative to a wild type of said plant to reduce browning in the fruit of said plant relative to said wild type, wherein the reduced total PPO activity results from a reduction in activity of at least two PPO isoenzymes in said plant relative to said wild type, or a cell, seed, seedling, part, tissue, cell, fruit or progeny of said plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: John Armstrong, William David Lane
  • Publication number: 20190352095
    Abstract: Described in detail herein is an autonomous object storage and retrieval tower. An end effector is coupled to a robotic crane that is configured to traverse a shaft disposed within the tower. The end effector is connectable to a first sensing mechanism configured to identify an event in the tower that is associated with one or more physical objects stored in the tower and/or a second cleaning mechanism configured to resolve an event in the tower that is associated with the one or more physical objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: David G. Tovey, Kurt William Robert Bessel, Boyd Dean Bryant, Robert Michael Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20190290755
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides methods for B-cell reduction in an individual using CD37-specific binding molecules. In particular, the invention provides methods for B-cell reduction using CD37-specific binding molecules alone, or a combination of CD37-specific binding molecules and CD20-specific binding molecules, in some instances a synergistic combination. The invention further provides materials and methods for treatment of diseases involving aberrant B-cell activity. In addition; the invention provides humanized CD37-specific binding molecules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Laura Sue Grosmaire, Martha Susan Hayden-Ledbetter, Jeffrey A. Ledbetter, Peter Armstrong Thompson, Sandy Alexander Simon, William Brady
  • Patent number: 10371706
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining predisposition of a subject to developing renal dysfunction induced by physical trauma, hypotension, sepsis and/or septic shock syndrome, wherein the method comprises the steps of:—a. determining the level of an anti-inflammatory cytokine present in a sample taken from the subject prior to physical trauma, prior to a hypotensive event, prior to sepsis, and/or prior to septic shock syndrome; b. determining if the subject is predisposed to developing renal dysfunction following physical trauma, hypotension, sepsis and/or septic shock syndrome on the basis of the level of an anti-inflammatory cytokine determined in step a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST, BELFAST HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST
    Inventors: William Thomas McBride, Marilyn Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20180349449
    Abstract: A set of electronic slide decks is searched using a target slide of a first electronic slide deck, each of the electronic slide decks containing a sequence of slides to be presented individually. A computer system receives from a user input individually selecting the target slide as a search input from the slides of the first electronic slide deck, compares the target slide with the slides of each electronic slide deck in the set to determine whether any of those slides matches the target slide, so as to determine, for each of the set of electronic slide decks, whether that electronic slide deck contains at least one slide that matches the target slide; and displays a set of search results in response to the user input, wherein each of the search results represents one of the electronic slide decks determined to contain at least one matching slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Siân Elizabeth LINDLEY, Andrew FITZGIBBON, Samuel Gavin SMYTH, Richard Malcolm BANKS, Darren Keith EDGE, Advait SARKAR, Olivia Evelyn Mary FLETCHER VANE, Michael William ARMSTRONG, Ewa LUGER
  • Publication number: 20180349006
    Abstract: This disclose relates to computer-implemented management of an electronic slide deck, the electronic slide deck containing a set of slides to be presented individually. The computer system processes the slides of the electronic slide deck to autonomously group the slides into a plurality of groups, the autonomous grouping being performed by identifying the slides in each of the groups as having related content, generates in association with the electronic slide deck, grouping data in electronic storage accessible to the computer system, the grouping data denoting the identified groups of slides, and controls a user interface based on the stored grouping data to convey, to a user, information relating to at least one of the identified groups of slides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Siân Elizabeth LINDLEY, Andrew FITZGIBBON, Samuel Gavin SMYTH, Richard Malcolm BANKS, Darren Keith EDGE, Advait SARKAR, Olivia Evelyn Mary FLETCHER VANE, Michael William ARMSTRONG, Ewa LUGER