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).

  • Publication number: 20140008186
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying content in a conveyor system are provided. A content displaying conveyor plate includes a base plate and an upper plate that is configured to be releasably coupled to the base plate. The upper plate can be configured to display content, for example content that is integral to the base plate, content that is disposed between the upper plate and the base plate, or any combination thereof The upper plate can be coupled to the base plate via one or more connection members defined on the upper plate and/or the base plate. Any, number, such as all of the base plates of an existing conveyor system can be replaced with respective content displaying conveyor plates. The base plate of the content displaying conveyor plate can define one or more recesses, the recesses configured to receive an attachment member and/or other components of a carousel therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen William Armstrong, Michael Samuel Lagana
  • Patent number: 8556065
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying content in a conveyor system are provided. A content displaying conveyor plate includes a base plate and an upper plate that is configured to be releasably coupled to the base plate. The upper plate can be configured to display content, for example content that is integral to the base plate, content that is disposed between the upper plate and the base plate, or any combination thereof. The upper plate can be coupled to the base plate via one or more connection members defined on the upper plate and/or the base plate. Any, number, such as all of the base plates of an existing conveyor system can be replaced with respective content displaying conveyor plates. The base plate of the content displaying conveyor plate can define one or more recesses, the recesses configured to receive an attachment member and/or other components of a carousel therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen William Armstrong, Michael Samuel Lagana
  • Publication number: 20130268080
    Abstract: An implant assembly for a spinal column includes at least a plate and an interbody implant attached to the plate. The interbody implant is positioned in the spinal disc space and the plate extends extradiscally for attachment to the first and second vertebrae outside the disc space. The assembly may include recesses in the bottom surface of the plate, spacers, and spacing portions extending from the bottom surface of the plate that allow the plate to be secured to the interbody implant when the trailing end of the interbody implant is positioned in a recessed, flush or overhanging position relative to the laterally facing surfaces of the vertebrae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Anthony J. Melkent, Brian Thoren, William Armstrong, Rajesh Remesh
  • Publication number: 20130231749
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for providing stabilization between first and second vertebrae are provided. More particularly, in one form a system includes an implant configured to be positioned in a disc space between the first and second vertebrae and a freestanding plate for engagement with extradiscal surfaces of the first and second vertebrae. The system also includes an insertion instrument with an engaging portion configured to releasably engage with the implant and the plate such that the implant and plate can be positioned together relative to the first and second vertebrae. In one aspect, an angular orientation of the implant relative to the plate is adjustable when the implant and the plate are engaged by the instrument. In this or another aspect, the implant and plate are held in a contiguous relationship when engaged by the instrument. However, different forms and applications are also envisioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Warsaw Orthropedic, Inc.
    Inventors: William Armstrong, Thomas Carls, John A. Cowan, James Duncan, Richard A. Hynes, Anthony J. Melkent, Jean-Pierre Mobasser, D. Hal Silcox
  • Publication number: 20130211047
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a series of compounds useful for effecting purification, in particular for use in purification of synthetic peptides and proteins. The compounds of the invention are particularly efficient at securely anchoring peptides or proteins to a surface and allowing the peptide or protein to become uniformly orientated, thus ensuring that substantially all of the peptide or protein is available for molecular binding to a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: ALMAC SCIENCES (SCOTLAND) LIMITED
    Inventors: David William Anderson, Graham John Cotton, Alastair Mackie Hay, Paul William Armstrong, Ian Wilson
  • Patent number: 8480747
    Abstract: An implant assembly for a spinal column includes at least a plate and an interbody implant attached to the plate. The interbody implant is positioned in the spinal disc space and the plate extends extradiscally for attachment to the first and second vertebrae outside the disc space. The assembly may include recesses in the bottom surface of the plate, spacers, and spacing portions extending from the bottom surface of the plate that allow the plate to be secured to the interbody implant when the trailing end of the interbody implant is positioned in a recessed, flush or overhanging position relative to the laterally facing surfaces of the vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Melkent, Brian Thoren, William Armstrong, Rajesh Remesh
  • Patent number: 8454694
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for providing stabilization between first and second vertebrae are provided. More particularly, in one form a system includes an implant configured to be positioned in a disc space between the first and second vertebrae and a freestanding plate for engagement with extradiscal surfaces of the first and second vertebrae. The system also includes an insertion instrument with an engaging portion configured to releasably engage with the implant and the plate such that the implant and plate can be positioned together relative to the first and second vertebrae. In one aspect, an angular orientation of the implant relative to the plate is adjustable when the implant and the plate are engaged by the instrument. In this or another aspect, the implant and plate are held in a contiguous relationship when engaged by the instrument. However, different forms and applications are also envisioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: William Armstrong, Thomas Carls, John A. Cowan, James Duncan, Richard A. Hynes, Anthony J. Melkent, Jean-Pierre Mobasser, D. Hal Silcox
  • Publication number: 20130120591
    Abstract: A digital camera, comprising an image sensor and an optical system for capturing an image of a scene and a wireless communication system. User interface elements are provided enabling a user to select a sharing destination for a captured digital image. A plurality of network pathways are identified for communication with the sharing destination using the wireless communication system. A priority is determined for each of the network pathways and the digital image is transmitted to the sharing destination using the highest priority network pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: John M. Bednarczyk, Mark D. Wood, Frank William Armstrong, Gregory R. Bryniarski
  • Publication number: 20130120592
    Abstract: A computer program product for controlling a programmable communication device that includes a local-area wireless communication system, a wide-area wireless communication system, and a data processing system. The computer program product causes the data processing system to perform the steps of: designating a digital camera from which digital images will be received; receiving a digital image and associated sharing data indicating one or more sharing destinations from the digital camera using the local-area wireless communication system; and transmitting the digital image to the one or more sharing destinations using the wide-area wireless communication system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: John M. Bednarczyk, Frank William Armstrong, Mark D. Wood, Gregory R. Bryniarski, Peter C. Ozug
  • Patent number: 8408666
    Abstract: A drawer assembly for mounting beneath a shelf has a drawer and a mounting unit. The drawer has a bottom, a front end, a rear end, and a pair of opposed side panels. The mounting unit is configured to mount to a shelf and has a pair of spaced apart drawer supports that support the drawer under a shelf. A pair of laterally spaced apart tracks is provided on either the drawer side panels or the mounting unit drawer supports. A pair of lugs protrudes from each of the other of the drawer side panels or the mounting unit drawer supports. Each pair of lugs is slidable relative to and along a respective one of the tracks. The drawer is slidable between a closed position and an open position relative to the mounting unit. The tracks and lugs cooperate such that the front end and rear end of the drawer are substantially level with one another in the closed position and the front end is lower than the rear end in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: William Armstrong, Christopher J. Claypool, Bradley S. Hooley, Michael Schumann, Stian Tesdal, Anthony Torris, Allen Zadeh
  • Publication number: 20120197401
    Abstract: An implant assembly for a spinal column includes at least an interbody element and an add-on element that is removably attachable to the add-on element to form an implant assembly. At least a portion of the add-on element is positionable in a space between vertebrae along with the interbody element to support the vertebrae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC.
    Inventors: James Duncan, Anthony Melkent, William Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20120169897
    Abstract: A digital camera system having a retail mode, comprising: an image sensor; an optical system for forming an image of a scene; a data processing system; an storage memory; and a program memory storing instructions configured to implement a method for automatically deleting captured digital images. The stored instructions include setting the digital camera system to operate in the retail mode in response to detecting a predefined first condition; enabling a user to capture a plurality of digital images, storing any digital images captured while the digital camera system is operating in the retail mode in the storage memory; and automatically deleting at least some of the stored digital images from the storage memory in response to detecting a predefined second condition, wherein any stored digital images that were not captured in the retail mode are not deleted from the storage memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Keith Stoll Karn, Frank William Armstrong, Cheryl J. Kuberka
  • Publication number: 20120074825
    Abstract: A drawer assembly for mounting beneath a shelf has a drawer and a mounting unit. The drawer has a bottom, a front end, a rear end, and a pair of opposed side panels. The mounting unit is configured to mount to a shelf and has a pair of spaced apart drawer supports that support the drawer under a shelf. A pair of laterally spaced apart tracks is provided on either the drawer side panels or the mounting unit drawer supports. A pair of lugs protrudes from each of the other of the drawer side panels or the mounting unit drawer supports. Each pair of lugs is slidable relative to and along a respective one of the tracks. The drawer is slidable between a closed position and an open position relative to the mounting unit. The tracks and lugs cooperate such that the front end and rear end of the drawer are substantially level with one another in the closed position and the front end is lower than the rear end in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: William Armstrong, Christopher J. Claypool, Bradley S. Hooley, Michael Schumann, Stian Tesdal, Anthony Torris, Allen Zadeh
  • Publication number: 20120041559
    Abstract: An implant assembly for a spinal column includes at least a plate and an interbody implant attached to the plate. The interbody implant is positioned in the spinal disc space and the plate extends extradiscally for attachment to the first and second vertebrae outside the disc space. The assembly may include recesses in the bottom surface of the plate, spacers, and spacing portions extending from the bottom surface of the plate that allow the plate to be secured to the interbody implant when the trailing end of the interbody implant is positioned in a recessed, flush or overhanging position relative to the laterally facing surfaces of the vertebrae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Melkent, Brian Thoren, William Armstrong, Rajesh Remesh
  • Publication number: 20110198199
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying content in a conveyor system are provided. A content displaying conveyor plate includes a base plate and an upper plate that is configured to be releasably coupled to the base plate. The upper plate can be configured to display content, for example content that is integral to the base plate, content that is disposed between the upper plate and the base plate, or any combination thereof. The upper plate can be coupled to the base plate via one or more connection members defined on the upper plate and/or the base plate. Any, number, such as all of the base plates of an existing conveyor system can be replaced with respective content displaying conveyor plates. The base plate of the content displaying conveyor plate can define one or more recesses, the recesses configured to receive an attachment member and/or other components of a carousel therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen William Armstrong, Michael Samuel Lagana
  • Publication number: 20100189510
    Abstract: A method for treating soil at a site contaminated with organic contaminants, comprises: (a) determining site characteristics, and sampling a volume of soil; (b) determining soil characteristics, and identifying and quantifying contaminants; (c) selecting a treatment composition appropriate to the contaminants and soil and site characteristics; (d) calculating an effective amount of treatment composition appropriate to the contaminants and soil and site characteristics, and in the range of from 2% to 12% by weight, relative to the weight of soil being treated; (e) excavating a volume of contaminated soil from the site; (f) combining the effective amount of treatment composition with the excavated soil; (g) mechanically mixing the excavated soil with the treatment composition; and (h) aerating the treated soil; and optionally: (i) conditioning the treated soil; and at least one of: (j) back-filling the site with the treated soil; (k) storing the treated soil; (1) disposing of the treated soil; and/or (m) transp
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew William Armstrong
  • Patent number: 7661907
    Abstract: A method of modifying geotechnically unsuitable soils at a site involving soil stabilization treatment and rolling dynamic compaction. A portion of the site is excavated to a predetermined depth x. Both the excavated site and the soil excavated therefrom are subjected to soils stabilization treatments before the treated excavated soils is backfilled in layers and subjected to both standard compaction and rolling dynamic compaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: AQS Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Andrew William Armstrong
  • Patent number: 7654219
    Abstract: Sight glass assemblies, pipe assemblies including the same, and methods for assembling pipe assemblies are disclosed. Sight glass assemblies may include an annular body of a transparent material. The annular body may include a peripheral surface, an interior surface defining at least a portion of a fluid path, first and second parallel planar annular surfaces spaced a first distance apart, and at least one passage extending through the annular body from the first planar annular surface to the second planar annular surface between the peripheral and interior surfaces. In some examples, a sight glass assembly may include at least one spacing element, which may include first and second bearing surfaces. The first and second bearing surfaces may be spaced a second distance at least as large as the first distance. In some examples, the interior surface may be chemically resistant to at least one predetermined fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: William Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20090110489
    Abstract: A method of modifying geotechnically unsuitable soils (21) at a site (20) so as to render the site (20) capable of bearing a load (30) comprises steps involving soil stabilisation treatment and rolling dynamic compaction (42). A portion (40) of the site (20) is excavated down to a pre-determined depth x. Both the excavated site (40) and the soil excavated therefrom are subjected to soils stabilisation treatments, before the treated excavated soils is backfilled in layers (43), and subjected to both standard compaction (45) and rolling dynamic compaction (42). The result is a raft (32) of modified soils capable of supporting bearing pressures associated with traditional housing foundations (33, 35). The need to drive piles (25) into deep strata (24) with load-bearing capabilities, or to use other costly or environmentally unsound techniques to address the issue of geotechnically unsuitable or contaminated soils is thus avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Andrew William Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20080206860
    Abstract: A vessel includes a gas reservoir. The vessel also includes at least one gas outlet. The gas outlet includes an integral gas permeable membrane. A culture system includes the vessel as a first vessel. The first vessel is coupled to a second vessel that includes or otherwise contains a cell, a plant, an animal or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: THE UNIVERSITY OF HULL
    Inventors: William Armstrong, Jean Armstrong