Patents by Inventor William R. King

William R. King 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: 8725728
    Abstract: A computer-based apparatus for compiling and evaluating character traits, including at least one processor for at least one specially programmed computer arranged to: transmit a plurality of queries regarding a plurality of character traits; receive a first response, from a first user, to the plurality of queries, including a respective first evaluation, by the first user, of the first user with respect to the character traits; generate, using the first response, a self-rating score regarding the character traits; transmit the queries to a second user; receive, from the second user a second response to the plurality of queries, the second response including a respective second evaluation, by the second user, of the first user with respect to said each character trait; generate, using the second response, an outside review score regarding the character traits; and transmit the self-rating score and the outside review score for display by at least one graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: William R. King, Michael A. Colgan
  • Patent number: 5687879
    Abstract: A method and device are provided to secure a lid to a teapot or other food and beverage container and to prevent dripping therefrom. The device for use with a teapot includes a loop of elastic cord, with a hook and a sponge attached to the cord. The sponge is positioned under the spout of the teapot so that it will absorb drips from the spout. The loop is stretched over the lid of the teapot and the hook is attached to the teapot handle. Two sliding retainers are located around the loop between the sponge and the hook, and may be positioned around a knob on the top of the lid. Sliding the retainers adjusts the tension on the loop. The retainers are decorative, and may also be adorned with standard button covers. Different food and beverage containers may require modifications, such as using a cord with two hooks instead of a hook and a sponge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Fit-To-A-Tea, LLC
    Inventors: William R. King, Barbara A. Karakusis, Liesbeth M. Osa
  • Patent number: 5478509
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a continuous process for recovering polymer particles from a solution of polymer by evaporating the solvent from the solution by successively treating the solution into a first agitated vessel and treating the resulting polymer into a second agitated vessel. Furthermore, the invention relates to an apparatus for performing the aforesaid process for recovering polymer particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Assignee: Fina Research, S.A.
    Inventors: William R. King, Fred R. Feder, Jean Naveau, Jean M. Mlinaric
  • Patent number: 5030209
    Abstract: A holder includes a double ended needle supporting insert translatable within a cylinder for receiving a blood collection tube during a medical procedure. Upon translation of the insert posteriorly, the double ended needle becomes fully enclosed within the cylinder and the insert is locked in place to shield the double ended needle from contact by medical personnel. An adapter fits within the insert to accommodate pediatric tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Medical Safety Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan A. Wanderer, William E. Sagstetter, William R. King, James W. Schreiber, Randal D. Bjerke
  • Patent number: 4738671
    Abstract: This invention relates to a novel and improved chest drainage apparatus characterized by a bottle housing a fluid collection chamber and a fluid inlet connectable to receive fluid and air from a chest cavity to be drained, air inlet and exhaust ports downstream of the fluid inlet open to the atmosphere within the air space above the fluid collected, and a U-tube between the fluid inlet and the air exhaust port capable of collecting and retaining an amount of fluid effective to provide a visual indication of any air flow into the system; a subassembly including an air chamber containing a check valve effective when connected to receive air from the exhaust port of the bottle to prevent backflow thereof into the system; and a negative pressure relief valve connected to the air intake port automatically operative to limit the negative pressure, if any, in the air space above the fluid to a predetermined maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald P. Elliott, William R. King
  • Patent number: 4674689
    Abstract: A milling machine particularly a disc mill for processing cereal seeds and cereal derivatives including a top disc through a central opening in which the material may be fed, and a bottom disc spaced from the top disc, both discs having mutually opposed profiled surfaces and the distance between the discs and the offset of the axes being adjustable to obtain optimum milling of the materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: Ranks Hovis McDougall Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Wiggins, William R. King, Jeffrey G. Barker, Geoffrey A. LeGrys
  • Patent number: 4643880
    Abstract: An air distributor for carbon black reactor in which the air is brought radially inwardly toward the reactor axis is disclosed in which the incoming air is diverted in an upstream direction and flowed around the end of and into a tubular member to achieve distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: William R. King, C. Jack Hart
  • Patent number: 4603139
    Abstract: Compounds of formula (I'), and compositions containing them: ##STR1## wherein n is 1, 2 or 3, each R.sub.1 independently represents a halogen atom; a hydroxy, carboxyl or C.sub.1-4 alkyl group, a C.sub.2-4 alkenyloxy, phenyl or phenyl-C.sub.1-4 alkoxy group which may be optionally substituted by one or more halogen atoms; an amino, mono- or dialkyl-amino, morpholino or piperazino group; a group of formula --S(O).sub.x R.sub.a where x is 0, 1 or 2 and R.sub.a is a C.sub.1-4 alkyl group; or a C.sub.1-4 alkoxy group which may be optionally substituted by one or more radicals selected from hydroxy, C.sub.1-4 alkoxy, amino, mono- or di-C.sub.1-4 alkylamino, (phenyl-C.sub.1-4 alkyl)amino, N,N-C.sub.1-4 alkyl(phenyl-C.sub.1-4 alkyl)amino and N,N-(C.sub.1-4 alkoxyphenyl-C.sub.1-4 alkyl)C.sub.1-4 alkyl-amino; n is 1, 2 or 3; m is 0 or 1; R.sub.2 represents a C.sub.1-4 alkyl group in the 1- or 3-position of the imidazo ring; R.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1986
    Assignee: Burroughs Wellcome Co.
    Inventor: William R. King
  • Patent number: 4590040
    Abstract: A carbon black reactor having tangential entry of combustion gases is provided with semicircular ramps to smoothly guide the flow of each tangentially introduced stream of combustion gases toward the reactor outlet enough to avoid turbulent impact with other tangentially introduced combustion gas streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventor: William R. King
  • Patent number: 4547976
    Abstract: Filler is added to a particle form evaporator to facilitate the creation and maintenance of a polymer particle bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1985
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventor: William R. King
  • Patent number: 4526958
    Abstract: A seed is supplied to a particle form evaporator to form a seed bed. The rate at which seed is supplied is controlled in response to the temperature of the seed bed. The seed bed can be used to facilitate start-up of the particle form evaporator. Apparatus useful for the inventive start-up process is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Inventor: William R. King
  • Patent number: 4521590
    Abstract: A polymer is dried by introducing a mixture of polymer and liquid into an agitated bed of hot polymer particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: Richard E. Elliott, William R. King
  • Patent number: 4498428
    Abstract: A desired ratio of offgas to fuel gas is maintained for a fuel mixture supplied to the burners associated with a boiler by venting steam as required to insure than all offgas may be combusted while maintained the desired offgas to fuel gas ratio. The venting of steam causes the fuel gas control, which is based on steam pressure, to vary the flow rate of the fuel gas so as to maintain the desired offgas-fuel gas ratio. Control of the combustion process for the boiler in this manner results in total combustion of the offgas without violating process constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventors: Ronald J. LaSpisa, Merle R. Likins, Jr., William R. King
  • Patent number: 4483841
    Abstract: A carbon black reactor having tangential entry of combustion gases is provided with semicircular ramps to smoothly guide the flow of each tangentially introduced stream of combustion gases toward the reactor outlet enough to avoid turbulent impact with other tangentially introduced combustion gas streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1984
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventor: William R. King
  • Patent number: 4310973
    Abstract: The drying of a polymer solution by the removal of solvent is accomplished by flashing the polymer solution while spraying into a bed of substantially dry polymer particles. The dryer polymer particles coat the partially dried solution polymer droplets, and the remaining solvent is removed by the energy produced from the mechanical agitation of the bed and the passing of a heated inert gas through the polymer bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1982
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Co.
    Inventor: William R. King
  • Patent number: 4263091
    Abstract: A plurality of spray nozzles are utilized to introduce a fluid into a vessel. Control valves are associated with each one of the plurality of spray nozzles. The control valves are either fully closed or fully open. The actual value of a process variable is compared to the desired value of the process variable to generate a difference signal. Control signals are generated in response to the difference signal. Different combinations of the control valves are opened in response to the control signals so as to provide a fluid flow rate which will maintain the actual value of the process variable substantially equal to the desired value. The on-off nature of the control valves provides a substantially maximum pressure drop across the spray nozzles when fluid is flowing through the spray nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1981
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventor: William R. King
  • Patent number: 4230374
    Abstract: A brake control apparatus for railway cars having sprung and unsprung portions is interposed between a brake pressure supply line and a brake cylinder line. A first chamber is connected to the brake pressure supply line and a second chamber is connected to the brake cylinder line. The chambers are abutted by surfaces having different cross-sectional areas of a diaphragm which is biased. A first valve responsive to positioning of the diaphragm, and a second valve responsive to positioning of a strut in a strut cylinder, effect first and second predetermined relationships between pressure drop in the brake pressure supply line and pressure drop in the brake cylinder line. The strut cylinder, mounted between the sprung and unsprung portions of the railway car, may be adapted to sense partially loaded as well as fully loaded or unloaded conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1980
    Inventor: William R. King
  • Patent number: 4202583
    Abstract: A brake control apparatus for railway cars having sprung and unsprung portions is interposed between a brake pressure supply line and a brake cylinder line. A first chamber is connected to the brake pressure supply line and a second chamber is connected to the brake cylinder line. The chambers are abutted by surfaces having different cross-sectional areas of a diaphragm which is biased. A first valve responsive to positioning of the diaphragm, and a second valve responsive to positioning of a strut in a strut cylinder, effect first and second predetermined relationships between pressure drop in the brake pressure supply line and pressure drop in the brake cylinder line. The strut cylinder, mounted between the sprung and unsprung portions of the railway car, may be adapted to sense partially loaded as well as fully loaded or unloaded conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Inventor: William R. King
  • Patent number: 4198860
    Abstract: A flow rate meter is provided for measuring the flow rate of particulate material being conveyed in a fluid stream along a tubular member. The apparatus includes a throat portion in the tubular member which has a length sufficient to accomplish a pressure drop adequate for accurate particulate material flow rate measurement in the conveying of particulate material in a fluid stream through the throat. The pressure drop is measured across the throat and the measured pressure drop is correlated with the particulate material flow rate. There can be provided converging and diverging tubular sections on opposite sides of the throat to form a venturi. One or more of the flow rate meters can be used in the control of a particulate material blending system. A fluid flow rate measuring means can be used in conjunction with the flow rate meter to provide a signal representative of the difference between the flow rate of particulate material and fluid and the flow rate of the fluid alone, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1980
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventor: William R. King
  • Patent number: D267815
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: C. R. Bard Inc.
    Inventors: Donald P. Elliott, William L. Halseth, William R. King