Patents by Inventor William Johnson

William Johnson 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).

  • Patent number: 10098376
    Abstract: The invention features tobacco compositions and methods of their use and manufacture. Compositions of the invention may be based on a variety of technologies. Technologies include films, tabs, shaped parts, gels, consumable units, insoluble matrices, and hollow shapes. In addition to tobacco, compositions may also contain flavors, colors, and other additives as described herein. Compositions may also be orally disintegrable. Exemplary compositions and methods of their manufacture are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC
    Inventors: James A. Strickland, Frank S. Atchley, James M. Rossman, Armand J. Desmarais, Scott A. Williams, Tod J. Miller, Cherne W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10094052
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a light weight fire resistant material. The material is constructed of a plurality of oxidized polyacrylonitrile (OPAN) fibers. The fire resistant material having a weight in the range of less than about 9.0 oz/yd2, an Arc Thermal Performance Value of greater than about 8.0 and a Thermal Protection Performance of greater than about 13.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: National Safety Apparel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jung-Huang (Jason) Tsai, Elizabeth Clagg, Mitchael C. Freeman, Andrew M. Allen, Paige Johnson, William D. Townsend
  • Patent number: 10088550
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for updating the location information for a gas detector device. A gas detector device may comprise a wireless scanner operable to receive information from one or more passive tags. In some cases, the passive tags may comprise location information. When the gas detector scans a passive tag, the location information stored on the gas detector may be updated accordingly. In some cases, the subsequent readings of the gas detector may be associated with the updated location information. In some cases, the passive tags may be located at critical areas within a facility, such as entrances or exits to locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk William Johnson, Mahdi Javer, Stephen Mroszczak
  • Patent number: 10083621
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a software architecture for simulation of physical entities. The invention provides an object-oriented container based framework architecture for simulator software implementations, methods, and objects in a time domain on a distributed computer network. The invention further provides an interface system and a plug-in definition which allows compartmentalization of participants in the container and easy extensibility of the system. The invention further provides a system and method for streaming video in a container-based architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: ZEDASOFT, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Allen Hatcherson, Stephen Edward Tarter, Jeremiah Jay Johnson, Frederick Bryan Fleury, George William Estep, II, Richard Keith Holt
  • Publication number: 20180267003
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for completing processes on a gas detector device using near-field communication between the gas detector device and an NFC tag. The NFC tag may communicate instructions or information to the gas detector device. The NFC tag may be located on or near a gas testing system, comprising gas deliver tube(s), gas tank(s), as well as other elements. In some embodiments, the gas detector device may comprise a single button to simplify interactions with the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Kirk William JOHNSON, Kelly ENGLOT, Stephen MROSZCZAK
  • Patent number: 10076857
    Abstract: A system and method for processing a supply of post-consumer scrap linear low density or low density polyethylene film into near-virgin quality blown film product. The method includes tearing the supply of film in a shredder, wherein the surface area of the film is exposed, including delaminating the film. The torn supply of film is washed in a water bath including a surfactant. The film is agitated in the bath containing the surfactant wherein contaminants on the film are removed from the film. The washed film is ground into smaller pieces and additional washing of the ground film in a rotating friction washer and a sink float tank occurs wherein additional contaminants are removed from the film. The ground film is then dried and compacted without addition of water into granulated objects of near-virgin quality blown film product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Wisconsin Film & Bag, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Francis Kulesa, James J. Feeney, Richard Wayne Carlstedt, Daniel William Blake, Buckell Gary Hacker, Abby Marie Johnson
  • Patent number: 10066116
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a coating composition or paint comprising a polymer system including one or more latex polymers, wherein the acid content and molecular weight of the latex polymers are balanced to provide a coating composition that demonstrates optimal performance characteristics of washability or stain resistance, especially when used in a flat finish paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SWIMC LLC
    Inventors: Mary Jane Hibben, Michael Wildman, T. Howard Killilea, William Heiden, Bruce Johnson
  • Patent number: 10064533
    Abstract: An autonomous floor cleaning robot includes a body, a controller supported by the body, a drive supporting the body to maneuver the robot across a floor surface in response to commands from the controller, and a pad holder attached to an underside of the body to hold a removable cleaning pad during operation of the robot. The pad includes a mounting plate and a mounting surface. The mounting plate is attached to the mounting surface. The robot includes a pad sensor to sense a feature on the pad and to generate a signal based on the feature, which is defined in part by a cutout on the card backing. The mounting plate enables the pad sensor to detect the feature. The controller is responsive to the signal to perform operations including selecting a cleaning mode based on the signal, and controlling the robot according to a selected cleaning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Ping-Hong Lu, Joseph M. Johnson, Daniel Foran, Marcus Williams, Andrew Graziani
  • Patent number: 10051092
    Abstract: A method and device is provided for managing data transmission on a network. The device includes Transparent Interceptor for transparently intercepting socket connections from first parties to one or more second parties. A signal socket connection is established to each second party. When one or more first parties request a data stream to a second party, the device distributes the data stream obtained from the second party through the single socket connection to one or more first parties. Data processor of the device may operate on data contents from the first or second party. A customized protocol may be used for the data transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Frederico Jones, Mark Brady Jorgenson, Robert William Johnson, William Michael Bova, Erin Irene Hayhoe
  • Patent number: 10035650
    Abstract: An automated storage and retrieval system includes a first independently operable section having a first number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions, and a second independently operable section in communication with the first independently operable section and having a second number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions. The first and second independently operable sections are configured to provide a respective number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions so that the first number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions substantially matches the second number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventors: Larry Sweet, Kil D. Kwak, Kirill Pankratov, Russell G. Barbour, William Johnson, Juergen D. Conrad, Juergen Baumbach, Ronald Kyslinger
  • Publication number: 20180112303
    Abstract: A feedstock for a thermal spray process is disclosed. The feedstock includes fly ash derived from coal combustion. A method for coating an article is disclosed. The method includes applying the feedstock as a coating precursor by a thermal spray process. The fly ash preferentially forms a coating disposed on a substrate of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Leo Vinod Marcus ANTONY, Kurt William JOHNSON, Randall Lee PRICE, Matthew Eric JENNINGS
  • Publication number: 20180092448
    Abstract: An apparatus includes three nail grooming structures each of varying sandpaper densities to allow the user to select the best one for optimum nail smoothness and when finished filing, an integrated outer cap is rotated to over a location which no longer exposes the grit surfaces so as to protect them from damage and maintain cleanliness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Tamra Lynn Johnson, Paul William Johnson, Duane Alan Lundin, Warren Matthew Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180093937
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the production of an ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid or ester, preferably ?,? ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acids or esters, by the liquid phase reaction of formaldehyde or a suitable source thereof with a non-cyclic carboxylic acid ester in the presence of a basic metal salt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Graham Ronald EASTHAM, David William JOHNSON, Mark WAUGH, Jonathan Ainsley IGGO, MICHAEL BEAUMONT
  • Publication number: 20180056751
    Abstract: An auxiliary heater with a casing enclosing internal components which components include a heat exchanger separate from and outside the coolant tank and wherein two coolant loops each have their own coolant pumps and wherein a potable water loop exchanges heat with coolant within the heat exchanger. A control circuit provides enhanced coolant flow through the heat exchanger when the call for hot water is significant without significantly reducing the temperature of the hot water being used. A level switch within the coolant tank prevents coolant pumps from running without pump coolant and a filling and air purging operation improves the initial filling operation of the auxiliary heater with coolant and also prevents the coolant pump from running dry. A user switch may dedicate the hot coolant from the coolant tank to either the production of hot potable water or it may share both hot water and space heating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL THERMAL RESEARCH LTD.
    Inventors: NADER KIAROSTAMI, VICTOR WILLIAM JOHNSON, REZA SONAVI
  • Patent number: 9890103
    Abstract: A method of extracting (meth)acrylic acid from an aqueous reaction medium into an organic phase in contact therewith is described. The aqueous reaction medium is formed from at least one base catalyst and at least one dicarboxylic acid selected from maleic, fumaric, malic, itaconic, citraconic, mesaconic, and citramalic acid or mixtures thereof in aqueous solution and contains the base catalyzed decarboxylation products of the base catalyzed reaction. The method includes either the addition of at least one of the said dicarboxylic acids and/or a pre-cursor thereof to the aqueous reaction medium to enhance the solvent extraction of the (meth)acrylic acid into the organic solvent or maintaining the level of base catalyst to dicarboxylic acid and/or pre-cursor at a sub-stoichiometric level during the extraction process. The method extends to a process of producing (meth)acrylic acid, its esters and polymers and copolymers thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LUCITE INTERNATIONAL UK LIMITED
    Inventors: David William Johnson, Graham Ronald Eastham, Martyn Poliakoff, Thomas Andrew Huddle
  • Publication number: 20180018228
    Abstract: A method for execution by a dispersed storage and task (DST) processing unit that includes a processor includes receiving an access request from a requesting entity via a network indicating an original data object. At least one read request is generated for transmission to at least one storage unit indicating a plurality of encoded original data slices associated with the original data object. A regenerated original data object is generated by utilizing a decoding scheme on the plurality of encoded original data slice. A transformed data object is generated for transmission to the requesting entity via the network by utilizing a transformation function on the first regenerated original data object based on an entity identifier associated with the requesting entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventor: Trent William Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180013288
    Abstract: A system includes a converter configured to be coupled between an energy storage unit and a grid and a control circuit configured to detect frequency and voltage variations of the grid and to responsively cause the converter to transfer power and reactive components to and/or from the grid. The control circuit may implement a power control loop having an inner frequency control loop and a reactive component control loop having an inner voltage control loop. The control circuit may provide feedforward from the inner frequency control loop to the inner voltage control loop to inhibit reactive component transfer in response to a voltage variation deviation of the grid due to a power transfer between the energy storage unit and the grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Mengbin Yang, Pasi Taimela, Tony Olivo, Robert William Johnson, JR., Gopi Balakrishnan
  • Publication number: 20180002981
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control architectural opening covering assemblies are disclosed herein. An architectural covering assembly including an architectural covering; a tube to which the architectural covering is coupled; a manual controller operatively coupled to the tube to rotate the tube; a motor including a motor housing and a motor shaft; and a clutch assembly including a clutch and a clutch housing in which the clutch is disposed, the motor shaft coupled to the clutch and the clutch coupled to the manual controller to hold the motor shaft substantially stationary when the architectural covering is moved under an influence of the motor to cause the motor housing to rotate with the clutch housing and the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Daniel M. Fogarty, Paul G. Swiszcz, Kevin M. Dann, William Johnson, Jörg Bohlen
  • Patent number: 9858803
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for indicating when a gas detector is out of compliance. A Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled wireless gas-detector may allow for an advertisement packet to be transmitted from the gas detector. This advertisement packet may contain information about the gas detector to allow remote auditing from any BLE enabled remote listening device. This auditor device may be in the form of a mobile device, such as a cell phone or tablet, a fixed location auditor device, or any other BLE enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Englot, Stephen Mroszczak, Kirk William Johnson, Mahdi Javer
  • Publication number: 20170348406
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an immersion vaccine for fish comprising at least one isolated antigen, specifically a recombinant antigen, such as is F. psychrophilum and/or infectious pancreatic necrosis virus (IPNV).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Elizabeth Mary Crump, Jan Burian, Joseph Michale Bricker, William Wayne Kay, Norman William Johnson