Patents by Inventor William E. Nelson

William E. Nelson 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: 20200305902
    Abstract: Forceps including a housing, a first body, a second body and a drive shaft. The first body has a passageway extending therethrough. The drive shaft extending through the passageway and connected to the first body such that the first body and the drive shaft are slidable with respect to the housing to drive jaws located at a distal portion of the drive shaft between an open position and a closed position. The second body having a second passageway. The drive shaft extending through the second passageway such that the second body is guided by the drive shaft and is slidable relative to the first body and the drive shaft to displace a blade shaft between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Zane R. Ward, William E. Butler, Jeffrey J. Nelson, Christian J. Fiksen, Eric J. Boone
  • Publication number: 20200305960
    Abstract: Forceps including a frame and a motion transfer assembly to transfer forces from or more actuators to an end effector. The motion transfer assembly can include a body having a passageway, a drive shaft extending through the passageway, and a drive link. The body and the drive shaft slidable with respect to the frame, and the body rotationally fixed to the drive shaft to transfer a rotational input received from a first actuator into a rotational motion of the drive shaft relative to the frame. The drive link operably coupled to the frame and the body to transfer a force received from a second actuator into a linear motion of the body and the drive shaft relative to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: William E. Butler, Jeffrey J. Nelson, Theodore C. Blus
  • Publication number: 20200305916
    Abstract: Medical devices for operating an end effector including a housing, a drive shaft, a drive body and a drive link. The drive shaft is moveable relative to the housing to actuate the end effector. The drive body is operably coupled to the drive shaft. The drive body includes a proximal collar and a distal collar. The drive link includes a proximal cam surface and distal cam surface, and the drive link is operatively coupled to the housing and actuatable to translate the drive shaft with respect to the housing. The proximal cam surface is configured to interface with the proximal collar when the drive link displaces proximally to translate the drive body in a proximal direction, and the distal cam surface is configured to interface with the distal collar when the drive link displaces distally to translate the drive shaft in a distal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: William E. Butler, Jeffrey J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10561433
    Abstract: An instrument that includes an outer member, an inner member, and a jaw assembly. The inner member includes a first arm and a second arm. The jaw assembly includes a first jaw and a second jaw. The first jaw is connected to the first arm at a first pivot joint and to the outer member at a second pivot joint. The second jaw is connected to the second arm at a third pivot joint and to the outer member at a fourth pivot joint. The inner member is adapted to be moved distally relative to the outer member so that the first jaw pivots about the second pivot joint towards the second jaw and the second jaw pivots about the fourth pivot joint towards the first jaw thus moving the jaw assembly from the open position towards the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Kester J. Batchelor, Eric J. Boone, Christian J. Fiksen, Hanam Sota Pham, Zane Ward, Jeffrey J. Nelson, John R. Mensch, William Butler, William F. Kratoska, Riyad E. Moe
  • Publication number: 20200038795
    Abstract: Air cleaner assemblies, components therefor, and features thereof are described. Also described are methods of assembly and use. In depicted examples, the air cleaner assemblies and components optionally use advantageous housing seal features. Methods of assembly and use are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel E. ADAMEK, Benny K. NELSON, William VANAUDENHOVE, Antoine DECUGNIERE
  • Patent number: 10524944
    Abstract: A catheter assembly for delivery of an expandable implant having at least one branch portal, which utilizes a secondary sleeve for releasably constraining a middle portion of the expandable implant after releasing a primary constraining sleeve used for constraining the expandable implant toward a delivery configuration for endoluminal delivery; and methods of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin C. Burkart, Mark Fillinger, Larry L. Gibbs, Brandon C. Hedberg, Jason D. Hemmer, Timothy E. Johnston, Levon M. Majure, Steven W. Nelson, Jonathan W. Thom, Daniel J. Westphal, William Wilkie
  • Patent number: 10521758
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention includes system and methods for the continued operation of a carrier management system having one or more user terminals that normally communicate with at least one data center over a network (online), when the one or more user terminals are unable to communicate with the data center (offline). Once communication is re-established between the one or more user terminal and the data center, local files and data on the user terminals that were used to rate and ship packages while offline are synchronized between the one or more user terminals and the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: David A. Bennett, Paul A. Bilibin, Mark A. Bjerke, Lynn S. Goldhaber, Hsiangwen S. Hu, Lory E. Moon, Jinyue Liu, Paul R. McLaughlin, Reichie R. Nelson, Charles D. Mentzer, Matthew J. Smith, William W. Smith, III
  • Publication number: 20190209626
    Abstract: A probiotic composition comprises an effective amount of a combination of bacteria, wherein the combination of bacteria comprises certain at least one bacterium A selected from the Bacteroidetes phylum and certain at least one bacterium B selected from the Firmicutes phylum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Weizhong Li, Ericka L. Anderson, Lei Huang, William Biggs, Amalio Telenti, J. Craig Venter, Karen E. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20190197474
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention includes system and methods for the continued operation of a carrier management system having one or more user terminals that normally communicate with at least one data center over a network (online), when the one or more user terminals are unable to communicate with the data center (offline). Once communication is re-established between the one or more user terminal and the data center, local files and data on the user terminals that were used to rate and ship packages while offline are synchronized between the one or more user terminals and the data center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: David A. Bennett, Paul A. Bilibin, Mark A. Bjerke, Lynn S. Goldhaber, Hsiangwen S. Hu, Lory E. Moon, Jinyue Liu, Paul R. McLaughlin, Reichie R. Nelson, Charles D. Mentzer, Matthew J. Smith, William W. Smith, III
  • Patent number: 8493612
    Abstract: A method and system for predicting expansion difficulty and an expansion time required to perform print-time imaging operations. A print-ready compressed file may be generated by raster image processing of a job description file associated with a rendering job provided by a digital front end. The expansion time with respect to one or more expansion processes may be predicted by a linear equation during assembly of the compressed file. The linear equation may be formulated based on measured compression statistics that relate to profile data within the compressed file. The total expansion time with respect to the rendering job may be then computed by summing the results of the linear equations. The expansion time to perform the print-time imaging operations may be compared with an available time based on an image output terminal speed to improve performance of raster image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Sweet, William E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8144355
    Abstract: A method receives, at a processor of a printing apparatus, a variable information print job. The variable information print job is processed into upper planes of the record-specific objects, upper planes of the reusable objects, lower planes of the record-specific objects, and lower planes of the reusable objects. The method stores such objects within a storage medium of the printing apparatus. The method combines ones of the compressed upper planes of the record-specific objects and the compressed upper planes of the reusable objects corresponding to the record of the variable information print job using the processor to create a single compressed upper plane for the record within an output buffer of the printing apparatus and creates an ordered list (corresponding to the record) of lower plane tiles by assembling the compressed lower planes of the record-specific objects and the compressed lower plane reusable objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: William E. Nelson, James M. Sweet
  • Publication number: 20110188062
    Abstract: A method and system for predicting expansion difficulty and an expansion time required to perform print-time imaging operations. A print-ready compressed file may be generated by raster image processing of a job description file associated with a rendering job provided by a digital front end. The expansion time with respect to one or more expansion processes may be predicted by a linear equation during assembly of the compressed file. The linear equation may be formulated based on measured compression statistics that relate to profile data within the compressed file. The total expansion time with respect to the rendering job may be then computed by summing the results of the linear equations. The expansion time to perform the print-time imaging operations may be compared with an available time based on an image output terminal speed to improve performance of raster image processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: James M. Sweet, William E. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20110157619
    Abstract: A method receives, at a processor of a printing apparatus, a variable information print job. The variable information print job is processed into upper planes of the record-specific objects, upper planes of the reusable objects, lower planes of the record-specific objects, and lower planes of the reusable objects. The method stores such objects within a storage medium of the printing apparatus. The method combines ones of the compressed upper planes of the record-specific objects and the compressed upper planes of the reusable objects corresponding to the record of the variable information print job using the processor to create a single compressed upper plane for the record within an output buffer of the printing apparatus and creates an ordered list (corresponding to the record) of lower plane tiles by assembling the compressed lower planes of the record-specific objects and the compressed lower plane reusable objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: William E. Nelson, James M. Sweet
  • Patent number: 7414757
    Abstract: There is disclosed in embodiments methods relating to the compression of printing hints. The method in embodiments generates a first set of image pixels having corresponding printing hints. The printing hints are then adjusted to produce a second set of image pixels processed in such a way that an end printed result is visually equivalent to a printed result using the first set of image pixels thereby reducing the entropy in the printing hints. The method improves the compression ratio of an image using printing hints by adjusting the printing hints of pixels that are zero or fully saturated. The printing hints are adjusted in such a way to reduce the complexity of the printing hints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: George L. Eldridge, Peter A. Crean, Jon S. McElvain, William E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7218784
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for controlling image quality and compression ratios in image segmentation. More particularly, the invention is directed to an image segmenting system and method that analyzes and classifies pixel blocks of an image to determine the manner in which the image block should be compressed, e.g. with a lossy or a lossless technique. This approach, which assumes no apriori knowledge of the any specific region of the image, results in effective use of the various known compression techniques and provides improved overall compression ratios and image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Norman W. Zeck, William E. Nelson, Remo J. D'Ortenzio
  • Patent number: 6804401
    Abstract: A method for digital image compression of a raster image is disclosed which uses different compression methods for selected parts of the image and which dynamically adjusts compression and segmentation parameters to control tradeoff of image quality and compression. The image is encoded into a single data stream for efficient handling by disk, memory and I/O systems. This system provides a stable feedback loop that manages to a fine granularity (typically 8×8 pixel blocks) the compression of image data so as to be compliant with a plurality of compression constraints; the management of an incremental bias toward more aggressive compression that selectively applies the more aggressive compression methods to blocks that are the most tolerant with respect to visible artifacts; and the adjustable segmentation and compression parameters used to control the image compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: William E. Nelson, James M. Sweet, Remo J. D'Ortenzio
  • Patent number: 6731814
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for compressing and decompressing electronic documents, with maximum intradocument independence, and maximum flexibility in optimization of compression modes. The method includes receiving documents containing unknown combinations of a plural data types, including combinations of scanned data, computer rendered data, compressed data and/or rendering tags; dividing the received image into strips of blocks determining from the image itself, which data types are present in each block; compressing data of each data type present in each block with a compression method optimized for its data type. Scanned data may be further segmented into plural scanned data types, where each data type is compressed in said compressing data step with a compression method optimized for said scanned image data type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Norman W. Zeck, Peter A. Crean, Sang-Chul Kang, David E. Rumph, George L. Eldridge, William E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6650261
    Abstract: An improved sliding window dictionary-based compression method limits the data within the sliding window searched to data strings occurring at each discrete match location within a plurality of predefined discrete match locations, the plurality of predefined discrete match locations comprising a set of non-continuous data positions within the window of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: William E. Nelson, James M. Sweet, Norman W. Zeck, Ronald E. Rider
  • Patent number: 6583921
    Abstract: A new non-contacting, edge-coupled micromechanical device and method, requiring no contact between the mirror or underlying yoke and landing pads on the substrate. Elimination of physical contact eliminates the problem of “sticking” mirrors found in conventional devices, and simplifies the manufacturing process by reducing the requirements for passivation coatings and hermetic packages. A capture electrode 24 is provided at an appropriate elevation above the surface of the device so as to be in close proximity with the edge of the mirror 20 or yoke 22 when it rotates to the desired angle. The capture electrode 24 and mirror assembly are biased to establish a very high electrostatic attraction between the two which stops the mirror. The mirror can be critically damped to prevent oscillations of the mirrors by tailoring at least one of the voltages applied to the mirror and capture electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: William E. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20030048207
    Abstract: An improved sliding window dictionary-based compression method limits the data within the sliding window searched to data strings occurring at each discrete match location within a plurality of predefined discrete match locations, the plurality of predefined discrete match locations comprising a set of non-continuous data positions within the window of data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: William E. Nelson, James M. Sweet, Norman W. Zeck, Ronald E. Rider