Patents by Inventor William Armstrong

William 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: 20210100553
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a surgical stapling instrument can include a handle, a shaft extending from the handle, wherein the shaft defines an axis, and a disposable loading unit which is assembled to the shaft in a direction which is transverse to the shaft axis. Such a connection between the disposable loading unit and the shaft can prevent, or at least inhibit, the disposable loading unit from being unintentionally displaced proximally and/or distally relative to the shaft of the surgical instrument. The surgical stapling instrument and/or disposable loading unit can further include a threaded collar and/or detent assembly configured to hold the disposable loading unit in place. In various embodiments, a disposable loading unit can include a lockout feature which can prevent, or at least inhibit, an expended disposable loading unit from being reassembled to the elongated body of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    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: 20210051948
    Abstract: A product includes a metallogel material having metal ions dispersed in an assembly having an organic compound. A method includes combining a metal salt, an organic compound precursor, and a glyme for forming a metallogel material having metal ions dispersed in an assembly having an organic compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: William Compel, Keith Morrison, James Armstrong, Christopher J. Ackerson
  • Publication number: 20210030930
    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: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Edward Armstrong, Carrie Lee Childress, Alex Fowler, William W. Gregory, WIlliam Joseph Jaecklein, Kathryn Ann Leigh, Paul N. Minor, Michael Mosholder, Andrew P. Muser, Felix Clarence Quintanar, John P. Racette, Christopher Karl Walter Rouseff, Mark Schaefer, Matthew Smith, W. Len Smith, Anthony G. Trupiano, John Wyatt, Annaliese Yeaman
  • Patent number: 10905806
    Abstract: Embodiments of a reduced pressure system and methods for operating the system are disclosed. In some embodiments, the system can include one or more processors responsible for various functions associated with various levels of responsiveness, such as interfacing with a user, controlling a vacuum pump, providing network connectivity, etc. The system can present GUI screens for controlling and monitoring its operation. The system can determine and monitor flow of fluid in the system by utilizing one or more of the following: monitoring the speed of a pump motor, monitoring flow of fluid in a portion of a fluid flow path by using a calibrated fluid flow restrictor, and monitoring one or more characteristics of the pressure pulses. The system can provide external connectivity for accomplishing various activities, such as location tracking of the system, compliance monitoring, tracking of operational data, remote selection and adjustment of therapy settings, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Armstrong, Miles Begin, Brian P. Bjelovuk, Ethan R. Bliss, Carrie Lee Childress, Giacomo F. Ciminello, Kealoha Young Deutsch, William W. Gregory, Kory A. Gunnerson, William Joseph Jaecklein, Kathryn Ann Leigh, Ke Li, Chelsea F. McLemore, Benjamin S. Miller, Andrew P. Muser, Felix Clarence Quintanar, Jerad C. Raines, Billy J. Ratliff, Michael T. Roller, Robert H. Roth, Vera N. Soper, Karl W. Vanderbeek, Lauren W. Woodrick, Micah C. Zender
  • Publication number: 20200388689
    Abstract: Fin shaping using templates, and integrated circuit structures resulting therefrom, are described. For example, integrated circuit structure includes a semiconductor fin having a protruding fin portion above an isolation structure above a substrate. The protruding fin portion has a vertical portion and one or more lateral recess pairs in the vertical portion. A gate stack is over and conformal with the protruding fin portion of the semiconductor fin. A first source or drain region is at a first side of the gate stack. A second source or drain region is at a second side of the gate stack opposite the first side of the gate stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Leonard P. GULER, Biswajeet GUHA, Mark ARMSTRONG, William HSU, Tahir GHANI, Swaminathan SIVAKUMAR
  • Publication number: 20200375585
    Abstract: A surgical tool system. Various embodiments of the surgical tool system may comprise surgical instrument that has a handle assembly that operably supports a drive system therein for generating drive motions upon actuation of a movable handle portion operably coupled to the handle assembly. An elongated body protrudes from the handle assembly and operably supports a control rod therein that interfaces with the drive system. The surgical tool system further includes at least two surgical tools selected from the group of surgical tools consisting of: manipulators, nippers, scissors, endocutters, tissue thickness measurement devices, staple appliers, clip appliers, syringes for applying glue, sealant, drugs or medicaments and cauterization devices wherein each of the surgical tool within the group of surgical tools at least has a housing that is removably couplable to the elongated body and a drive assembly that is removably couplable to the control rod for receiving the drive motions therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Swayze, Thomas W. Huitema, Glen A. Armstrong, Shailendra K. 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: 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