Patents by Inventor William J. Smith

William J. Smith 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: 20190177978
    Abstract: A shingle comprises an overlay, an underlay, and a height increasing material disposed between the overlay and the underlay. The height increasing material includes a first adhesive adhered to the overlay, height increasing granules adhered to the first adhesive, and a second adhesive adhered to the height increasing granules and the underlay. The height increasing material can extend along front ends of tab portions of the overlay, along front cutout edges that extend between tab portions of the overlay, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Grubka, Douglas S. Penrod, William E. Smith, John A. Thies, Jacob Paul Honsvick
  • Publication number: 20190169047
    Abstract: The present invention enables a high suspended solids (SS) liquor (16) (at least about 10 g/L) comprising activated carbon (30) to be contacted with one or more membranes (14) of a membrane unit (12) to efficiently treat a waste stream (24) for contaminant removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: William Cunningham, Philip A. Burclaff, Chad L. Felch, Andrea J. Larson, Duane R. Smith, Simon Larson
  • Publication number: 20190167288
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument comprises a body, a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a pivoting member. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The ultrasonic blade is positioned distal to the shaft assembly. The pivoting member is pivotable with respect to the blade from an open position to a closed position to thereby clamp tissue between the pivoting member and the blade. One or both of the shaft assembly or the pivoting member comprise a guide feature. The guide feature is configured to provide lateral alignment of the distal portion of the pivoting member with the blade as the pivoting member is pivoted to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: John B. Schulte, Craig N. Faller, Eric B. Smith, Patrick J. Scoggins, JoAnn M. Stegeman, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, William D. Dannaher, Michael R. Lamping, Jacob S. Gee, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Brian D. Bertke
  • Patent number: 10303633
    Abstract: A method of controlling a mode of a device is provided. The method includes determining a Vbus voltage on a Vbus pin in a USB connector on the device, comparing the Vbus voltage with a threshold, and configuring the device based on the comparison of the Vbus voltage and the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J Hays, Craig B McAnally, William M Mansfield, Brian T Smith
  • Patent number: 10301293
    Abstract: Described herein is a cyclic fluorinated compound of formula (I) where: L is O, CH2, or a covalent bond; X is selected from F or CF3, and Y is selected from H, F, or CF3, wherein when X is CF3 then Y is F and when Y is CF3 then X is F, each Rf1 is independently selected from a linear or branched perfluorinated alkyl group comprising 1-8 carbon atoms and optionally comprising at least one catenated atom selected from O, N, or combinations thereof; or the two Rf1 groups are bonded together to form a fluorinated ring structure comprising 4-8 carbon atoms and optionally comprising at least one catenated atom selected from O, N, or combinations thereof; the —CFZ—CHAQ group is bonded to a ring carbon that is alpha to at least one O atom of the ring; A is selected from F, or CF3; Z is selected from H, F, or CF3; and Q is selected from (i) a F atom, (ii) a Cl atom, (iii) a linear, cyclic, or branched perfluorinated alkyl group comprising 1-8 carbon atoms and optionally comprising at least one catenated atom selected
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Sean M. Smith, Michael J. Bulinski, Michael G. Costello, William M. Lamanna, Nicholas A. Toso
  • Publication number: 20190145648
    Abstract: A thermostat for a building includes a halo light emitting diode (LED) system including one or more LEDs configured to emit light and a halo diffuser structured around at least a portion of an outer edge of the thermostat. The halo diffuser is configured to diffuse the emitted light of the one or more LEDs around at least the portion of the outer edge of the thermostat. The thermostat includes a processing circuit configured to receive one or more data streams, determine whether the one or more data streams indicate a building emergency condition, and operate the one or more LEDs of the halo LED system to indicate the building emergency condition to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Sudhi Sinha, Joseph R Ribbich, Michael L Ribbich, Charles J. Gaidish, John P. Cipolla, Damon B. Smith, John R. Taylor,, Jr., John M. Reiszl, William P. Alberth,, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10269216
    Abstract: A method of playing a casino card game includes providing an automatic shuffling machine and a gaming table having a plurality of playing stations and a community card area. Each player antes. A hand of five cards is dealt to each player, and a plurality of community card pairs are distributed to the community area. Each player reviews the dealt hand to determine whether to fold or play, and all remaining players are required to wager a fixed amount. A community card pair is turned face up, and each player then determines whether to fold or play. Each player wagers based on the combination of the player's five-card hand and the turned community pair. The wagers are collected, and the steps of turning and wagering are repeated until all community card pairs are turned face up. The combined wagers are awarded to the player having the highest ranking hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Michael A. Lafroscia, William J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20180185645
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and technique selectively eliminates the noxious signal components in a neuronal signal by creating an interfering electrical signal that is tuned to a given frequency corresponding to the oscillatory pattern of the noxious signal, resulting in a modified neuronal signal that substantially reproduces a normal, no-pain neuronal signal. The disclosed system and technique of pain relief is based on the hypothesis that the temporal profile of pain signals encodes particular components that oscillate at unique and quantifiable frequencies, which are responsible for pain processing in the brain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Ricardo Vallejo, David Leonardo Cedeno, William J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20160066602
    Abstract: A method of par frying boneless whole meat muscle including trimming boneless whole meat muscle, portioning the boneless whole meat muscle into portions that have a thickness from 0.25 to 1 inch, a width of 0.25-1.5 inches and length of 1-7 inches. The portions are marinated, dusted, battered and breaded. The portions may be par fried in oil at a temperature between 190-200° C. for 25-30 seconds. The portions may then undergo freezing and then may be reheated when desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: William J. Smith, Eric Van Zyl
  • Publication number: 20130273098
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel formulations which mitigate agitation-induced aggregation of immunogenic compositions particularly those having polysaccharide-protein conjugates. Specifically, the novel formulations comprise a poloxamer within a molecular weight range of 1100 to 17,400 which provides significant advantages over previously used surfactants including polysorbate 80. In one embodiment, the present invention provides a multivalent immunogenic composition having 15 distinct polysaccharide-protein conjugates and a poloxamer. Each conjugate consists of a capsular polysaccharide prepared from a different serotype of Streptococcus pneumoniae (1, 3, 4, 5, 6A, 6B, 7F, 9V, 14, 18C, 19A, 19F, 22F, 23F or 33F) conjugated to a carrier protein, preferably CRM197.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Blue, Jayme Cannon, William J. Smith, Erin J. Green-Texler, Brett Siegfried
  • Patent number: 7628275
    Abstract: A method of preparing for emergencies in a building setting such as a school and using the method to create to a comprehensive crisis resource kit including evacuation plan, contact numbers, master contingency plan, flashlight, cell phone and first aid kit for use in a variety of emergency situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventor: William J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20030015055
    Abstract: An inadequate original equipment transmission in a right hand drive vehicle, for example a postal vehicle, is replaced with a more suitable transmission designed for a left hand drive vehicle. A right-to-left change-over linkage connects the shift rod emanating from the driver's gear selector lever to the shift lever on the left side of the replacement transmission. A kit containing necessary parts for replacing the transmission is disclosed. Also disclosed is a step-by-step operational procedure for carrying out the transmission replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventors: Jerry R. Mozingo, Christopher S. Smith, William J. Smith
  • Patent number: 6085609
    Abstract: An inadequate original equipment transmission in a right hand drive vehicle, for example a postal vehicle, is replaced with a more suitable transmission designed for a left hand drive vehicle. A right-to-left change-over linkage connects the shift rod emanating from the driver's gear selector lever to the shift lever on the left side of the replacement transmission. A kit containing necessary parts for replacing the transmission is disclosed. Also disclosed is a step-by-step operational procedure for carrying out the transmission replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Jennings Transmission Service of Goldsboro, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry R. Mozingo, Christopher S. Smith, William J. Smith
  • Patent number: 5686892
    Abstract: A tracking and monitoring system is disclosed herein having a stationary alert or alarm transmitter selectively and manually operated to generate an alert signal receivable by a remote monitoring receiver in a mobile vehicle. The monitoring receiver receives the alert signal and a track signal separately or simultaneously. The track signal is transmitted by a track transmitter hidden in property being stolen. Once alerted and on-track with the monitoring receiver, the mobile vehicle maintains vigil on the stolen property and closes range until apprehension can be safely arranged and performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Inventor: William J. Smith
  • Patent number: 5478582
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dry mixture which provides a color-stable liquid composition when combined with free chlorine-containing water, said dry mixture comprising: (a) from about 0.005% to about 0.035% by weight chlorine reactive agent; (b) from about 0.5% to about 5.0% by weight electrolyte; (c) coloring agent, wherein the dry mixture comprises sufficient coloring agent to provide for a concentration of coloring agent in the range of from about 5 ppm to about 200 ppm in a color-stable liquid composition prepared from said dry mixture; and (d) a balance of carbohydrate. The present invention also relates to a method of preparing a color-stable liquid composition, said method comprising: (a) preparing a dry mixture comprising: (1) from about 0.005% to about 0.035% by weight chlorine reactive agent; (2) from about 0.5% to about 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Assignee: The Quaker Oats Company
    Inventors: William J. Smith, Martin J. Moran, William F. Racicot
  • Patent number: 5409931
    Abstract: 1,3-Substituted cycloalkenes and cycloalkanes are described, as well as methods for the preparation and pharmaceutical composition of same, which are useful as central nervous system agents and are particularly useful as dopaminergic, antipsychotic, and antihypertensive agents as well as for treating hyperprolactinaemia-related conditions and central nervous system disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Bradley W. Caprathe, Dennis M. Downing, Juan C. Jaen, Stephen J. Johnson, William J. Smith, III, Lawrence D. Wise, Jonathan Wright, David J. Wustrow
  • Patent number: 5314896
    Abstract: 1,3-Substituted cycloalkenes and cycloalkanes are described, as well as methods for the preparation and pharmaceutical composition of same, which are useful as central nervous system agents and are particularly useful as dopaminergic, antipsychotic, and antihypertensive agents as well as for treating hyperprolactinaemia-related conditions and central nervous system disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Bradley W. Caprathe, Dennis M. Downing, Juan C. Jaen, Stephen J. Johnson, William J. Smith, III, Lawrence D. Wise, Jonathan Wright, David J. Wustrow
  • Patent number: 5206233
    Abstract: Substituted thiazepines are described as well as methods for the preparation and pharmaceutical composition of same, which are useful as central nervous system agents and are particularly useful as antipsychotic and antidepressant agents as well as for treating cerebral ischemia or cerebral infarction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: William J. Smith, III, Lawrence D. Wise, David J. Wustrow
  • Patent number: 4951433
    Abstract: A CMR (Cellular Mobile Radiotelephone) Cell Site includes a structurally compact and easily transportable foundation for a CMR equipment edifice. The foundation, together with the edifice, rests on a leveled surface. An antenna tower is mounted on the roof of the edifice and is secured by an antenna mounting brace embedded in the roof of the edifice. The antenna is guyed at three elevations along the antenna's height to three points on the foundation. The edifice encloses a 10-inch-square, steel support column, positioned within the edifice directly beneath the antenna mounting brace, for supporting the antenna tower. Four-inch-thick slabs of concrete are inserted between the floor of the edifice and the support column and between the support column and the roof so as to isolate the interior of the building from electrical disturbances such as lightening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventors: Harmon R. Miller, William J. Smith, Hollie M. Stanley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4912893
    Abstract: CMR (Cellular Mobile Radiotelephone) equipment is disposed in a configuration that facilitates both transportation to a cell site and, at the site, rapid installation of the CMR equipment and accompanying antenna tower. The CMR equipment incorporates a foundation that includes (i) a rectangular center structure formed from a front horizontal section, a rear horizontal section, a left vertical section, and a right vertical section, and (ii) a nose structure attached to and extending vertically from the front horizontal section. A self-contained CMR equipment edifice, having four walls, a floor and a roof, is secured to the rectangular center structure of the foundation by a plurality of flanges positioned at predetermined locations on the edifice and affixed to both the foundation and walls of the edifice. Several antenna tower sections are attached to the edifice by a number of identical antenna mounting assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Inventors: Harmon R. Miller, William J. Smith, Hollie M. Stanley, Jr.