Patents by Inventor William D. Price

William D. Price 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: 20220313297
    Abstract: Disclosed are ultrasonic and electrosurgical devices. The disclosed embodiments include a surgical instrument comprising a waveguide, and end effector and an electrical switch. The waveguide may comprise a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is configured to couple to an ultrasonic transducer and one output of a radio frequency (RF) generator. The end effector may comprise an ultrasonic blade and a clamp arm coupled. The ultrasonic blade may be mechanically coupled to the distal end of the waveguide and electrically coupled to the waveguide. The clamp arm may comprise a movable jaw member electrically coupled to another output of the RF generator such that an electrical current can pass through the movable jaw member and the ultrasonic blade through tissue located between the movable jaw member and the ultrasonic blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Craig N. Faller, Kevin D. Felder, Jacob S. Gee, William D. Kelly, Robert J. Laird, Amy L. Marcotte, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Emily H. Monroe, Scott A. Nield, Daniel W. Price, Patrick J. Scoggins, John B. Schulte, Geoffrey S. Strobl, James W. Voegele, John A. Weed, III, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Patrick A. Weizman, John W. Willis
  • Patent number: 10618697
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch includes a first bag wall. A second bag wall opposing the first bag wall is joined to the first bag wall to form an interior of the pouch with an opening to the interior. A male closure element coupled to one of the bag walls defines a plurality of deformed segments and a plurality of normal segments along a length thereof. The plurality of deformed segments alternate with the plurality of normal segments, with (i) first transitions on one side of the male closure element and (ii) second transitions on another side of the male closure element. A female closure element coupled to the other bag wall engages with the male closure element to seal the opening of the pouch, with the deformed segments of the male closure element generating a sound when the female closure element engages with the male closure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Publication number: 20180273250
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch includes a first bag wall. A second bag wall opposing the first bag wall is joined to the first bag wall to form an interior of the pouch with an opening to the interior. A male closure element coupled to one of the bag walls defines a plurality of deformed segments and a plurality of normal segments along a length thereof. The plurality of deformed segments alternate with the plurality of normal segments, with (i) first transitions on one side of the male closure element and (ii) second transitions on another side of the male closure element. A female closure element coupled to the other bag wall engages with the male closure element to seal the opening of the pouch, with the deformed segments of the male closure element generating a sound when the female closure element engages with the male closure element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Patent number: 10011396
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch includes a first bag wall. A second bag wall opposing the first bag wall is joined to the first bag wall to form an interior of the pouch with an opening to the interior. A first male closure element coupled to the first bag wall defines a plurality of deformed segments and a plurality of normal segments alternating along a length thereof. A first female closure element coupled to the second bag wall engages with the first male closure element to seal the opening of the pouch and to generate a first sound. A second female closure element coupled to the second bag wall engages with the second male closure element to seal the opening of the pouch and to generate a second sound differing from the first sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Publication number: 20170066560
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch includes a first bag wall. A second bag wall opposing the first bag wall is joined to the first bag wall to form an interior of the pouch with an opening to the interior. A first male closure element coupled to the first bag wall defines a plurality of deformed segments and a plurality of normal segments alternating along a length thereof. A first female closure element coupled to the second bag wall engages with the first male closure element to seal the opening of the pouch and to generate a first sound. A second female closure element coupled to the second bag wall engages with the second male closure element to seal the opening of the pouch and to generate a second sound differing from the first sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Patent number: 9475616
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch includes an elongated closure mechanism, disposed at the top portion of the pouch, having a first male closure element coupled to a first bag wall defining a plurality of deformed segments. A first female closure element coupled to a second bag wall opposes the first male closure element. The first female closure element has first and second spaced legs that are constructed and arranged to engage the first male closure element in order to close the opening of the pouch. The deformed segments of the first male closure element create at least one of a first clicking feel and a first clicking sound when the first female closure element engages the first male closure element to close the opening of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Publication number: 20150329245
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch includes an elongated closure mechanism, disposed at the top portion of the pouch, having a first male closure element coupled to a first bag wall defining a plurality of deformed segments. A first female closure element coupled to a second bag wall opposes the first male closure element. The first female closure element has first and second spaced legs that are constructed and arranged to engage the first male closure element in order to close the opening of the pouch. The deformed segments of the first male closure element create at least one of a first clicking feel and a first clicking sound when the first female closure element engages the first male closure element to close the opening of the pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Applicant: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Patent number: 9126735
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch includes an elongated closure mechanism, at a top portion of the pouch, capable of closing an opening of the pouch. The closure mechanism includes a male closure element having a base, a stem, and an engagement end, and a female closure element that has first and second spaced legs. The male closure element is constructed and arranged to engage the legs of the female closure element in order to close the opening of the pouch. The closure mechanism further includes a plurality of normal segments and a plurality of deformed segments, such that at least one of the male and female closure elements comprises an asymmetric deformation in each of the deformed segments. The asymmetric deformation creates at feast one of a clicking feel and a clicking sound when the male closure element engages the female closure element to close the opening of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Patent number: 8568031
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch includes a first side wall and a second side wall joined together to form a bag. The pouch has an open top for receiving and removing items to be stored, such as food or other material. The pouch further includes at least one closure mechanism near the open top of the bag which provides for a reclosable bag. Each closure mechanism comprises a male closure element and a female closure element aligned on the opposing first and second side walls, respectively. The male closure element is asymmetrically deformed in a plurality of intermittent section. Preferably, the closure mechanism is a double zipper with at least one male section including one hook extending from an end thereof to engage the female closure element. The closure mechanism provides a clicking feel and/or sound when the pouch is closed. The closure mechanism is substantially leak-proof when closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Patent number: 8469593
    Abstract: A recloseable pouch defining an interior including a first wall, a second wall opposing and partially sealed to the first wall to form an opening, and a closure mechanism for selectively sealing the opening. The closure mechanism includes a female closure element having first and second spaced legs extending from the first wall that are substantially symmetric about a longitudinal centerline and defining female sealing surfaces. The closure mechanism also includes a male closure element including a proximal base portion extending from the second wall, a neck portion forming male sealing surfaces to engage the female sealing surfaces, and a distal head portion. The male closure element has a plurality of intermittent deformed portions so that upon inserting the proximal base portion into the female closure element, the female closure element deflects and, in turn, fluid is allowed to flow past the closure mechanism via the adjacent intermittent portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Publication number: 20120305572
    Abstract: A volume displacement device for heating liquid foodstuff, the volume displacement device including: (a) a body having a volume and a surface area; and (b) a boiling surface on the surface of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: William D. Price, David W. Gustafson
  • Publication number: 20120308694
    Abstract: An article of manufacture for freezing and thawing foodstuffs wherein the defrosting unit has: (a) a first half having a void space for loading foodstuff; and (b) a second half having a void space for loading foodstuff. The first half and second half may be aligned such that the void spaces are continuous. Further, the first half and second half are securely joinable to substantially cover the void spaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: William D. Price, Jeramy M. Dubay
  • Publication number: 20120279981
    Abstract: A process of storing and retrieving recloseable storage bags including the steps of purchasing a package of individualized recloseable storage bags from a retailer, removing the recloseable storage bags from the package, optionally providing the recloseable storage bags in a roll form, inserting the roll of recloseable storage bags into a dispenser having compartments. The dispenser has a lid with access slots juxtaposed over the compartments. The process further includes removing the recloseable storage bags from the dispenser through the one or more access slots. The process may also include providing a merchandiser having different types of bags packaged as refills in flexible bags. Instructions with the merchandiser and/or the storage dispenser may direct consumers to replenish the storage dispenser with different types of bags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: S.C. JOHNSON & SON INC.
    Inventors: Jamie Grace Thomas, William D. Price, Robert J. Nestle, Randall W. Friebe, Katherine N. Bouchey, Jonathan D. Bellante, Kirsten Jane Climer, Charles Paradise, Brook S. Kennedy, Lauren Argo, Phillip Randolph Hartley, Shailesh H. Patel, Gina Reynolds, Erin L. Myers, Jason P. Grochowski
  • Publication number: 20120279037
    Abstract: A process for providing a recloseable storage bag to a consumer. The process the process includes steps of: (a) providing a plurality of recloseable storage bags; and (b) directing consumers to load the plurality of recloseable storage bags into an in-home dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Jamie Grace Thomas, William D. Price, Robert J. Nestle, Randall W. Friebe, Katherine N. Bouchey, Jonathan D. Bellante
  • Publication number: 20120213455
    Abstract: A recloseable pouch defining an interior including a first wall, a second wall opposing and partially sealed to the first wall to form an opening, and a closure mechanism for selectively sealing the opening. The closure mechanism includes a female closure element having first and second spaced legs extending from the first wall that are substantially symmetric about a longitudinal centerline and defining female sealing surfaces. The closure mechanism also includes a male closure element including a proximal base portion extending from the second wall, a neck portion forming male sealing surfaces to engage the female sealing surfaces, and a distal head portion. The male closure element has a plurality of intermittent deformed portions so that upon inserting the proximal base portion into the female closure element, the female closure element deflects and, in turn, fluid is allowed to flow past the closure mechanism via the adjacent intermittent portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Publication number: 20120213454
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch includes a first side wall and a second side wall joined together to form a bag. The pouch has an open top for receiving and removing items to be stored, such as food or other material. The pouch further includes at least one closure mechanism near the open top of the bag which provides for a reclosable bag. Each closure mechanism comprises a male closure element and a female closure element aligned on the opposing first and second side walls, respectively. The male closure element is asymmetrically deformed in a plurality of intermittent section. Preferably, the closure mechanism is a double zipper with at least one male section including one hook extending from an end thereof to engage the female closure element. The closure mechanism provides a clicking feel and/or sound when the pouch is closed. The closure mechanism is substantially leak-proof when closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Richard R. Dawkins
  • Patent number: 7270480
    Abstract: A reclosable thermoplastic bag having an offset fastener. The bag includes first and second sidewalls, each having a top, a bottom and two opposing side edges, the first and second sidewalls being attached together along the respective bottom and side edges; an inwardly folded top pleat positioned across the first sidewall; a reclosable fastener having at least two cooperating closure members, one closure member being positioned proximate to the top of the first sidewall above the pleat, the other closure member being positioned proximate to the top of the second sidewall, such that when the bag is filled and closed, the reclosable fastener is offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: William D. Price
  • Patent number: 7208216
    Abstract: A disposable cutting sheet for cutting and preparation of food items thereon includes a first cut resistant layer having an absorbent ply and a thermoplastic ply, wherein the thermoplastic ply includes a plurality of apertures therethrough. The sheet further includes a second liquid impervious layer including an absosrbent ply and a thermoplastic ply, wherein the absorbent ply of the second layer is disposed below and secured to the absorbent ply of the first layer. The cutting sheet further includes a score line disposed across the substrate for separating the cutting sheet into two portions, wherein the score line extends fully through the cutting sheet near edges of the cutting sheet to create a tear notch. The score line extends through the thermoplastic ply of the cut resistant layer in an area of the cutting sheet between the edges thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson Home Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan L. Ackerman, William D. Price, William E. LeBoeuf, Virginia D. Karul
  • Patent number: 7078088
    Abstract: A disposable cutting sheet for Processing food items thereon includes a cut-resistant layer including a thermoplastic material ply and an absorbent ply, wherein the first layer has a surface area and wherein the thermoplastic material of the first layer includes a plurality of apertures therethrough. The cutting sheet further includes a second layer including an absorbent ply selected from the group consisting of a hydrophilic material, an oleophilic material, or a composite material having hydrophilic and oleophilic properties and a barrier ply including a thermoplastic material ply. The absorbent ply of the first layer is disposed atop and secured to the absorbent ply of the second layer such that portions of the thermoplastic and absorbent plies of the second layer form a border completely surrounding the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson Home Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Bryan L. Ackerman, William E. LeBoeuf, Virginia D. Karul
  • Patent number: 7056569
    Abstract: A cutting sheet for cutting and preparation of food items thereon comprises a first cut-resistant layer having a width and including a first absorbent ply and a first thermoplastic material ply. The thermoplastic material ply of the first layer includes a plurality of apertures disposed in parallel rows. The cutting sheet also includes a second layer having a second absorbent ply and a second thermoplastic material ply, wherein the second absorbent ply is disposed below and secured to the first absorbent ply. A plurality of adhesive portions are disposed in parallel rows to secure the first layer to the second layer between the first and second absorbent plies. The rows of apertures in the thermoplastic material ply of the first layer and the rows of adhesive portions between the first and second absorbent plies are parallel to one another such that the rows alternate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson Home Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Price, Bryan L. Ackerman, William E. LeBoeuf, Virginia D. Karul