Patents Examined by Catherine S. William
  • Patent number: 12011408
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling sexual stimulation devices using motion-sensing controllers. The system comprises a male sexual stimulation device and a motion sensing controller configured to control the operation of the reciprocating linear motion driver. In operation, natural motions of a user with the motion sensing controller result in corresponding motions of the male sexual stimulation device such as reciprocal linear motions and rotational motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Inventor: Brian Sloan
  • Patent number: 11896542
    Abstract: A male sexual stimulation device that provides a better user experience by combining a mechanical stroking mechanism with a spiraling sleeve that provides rotational stimulation and suctional stimulation to the stroking motion of the mechanical stroking mechanism. The spiraling sleeve is formed at least in part from an elastomeric material with ribbing molded into the interior of the sleeve at an angle to the linear axis of the spiraling sleeve such that elongation or shortening of the spiraling sleeve along the linear axis with a penis inserted therein causes a portion of the sleeve to twist about the linear axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Brian Sloan
  • Patent number: 11457712
    Abstract: A hairstyling apparatus is shown. The apparatus includes a heated barrel with a central axis. It also includes a heating element connected with the barrel and a rotating member located an end of the barrel and configured to rotate around the central axis of the barrel. The rotating member includes at least one a tab extending along a longitudinal length of the hairstyling surface over at least a portion of a longitudinally extending portion of the hairstyling surface. At least one rod with at least one comb attached to said at least one tab. The rod is heated by the heating element during use of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Kiss Nail Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sungyoul Kim, Robert Kim, Siyong Sung, Taehoon Kim, SungLyul Park, GuangNam Kim, Sangyuen Sandy Lee, Jongyoon Jun
  • Patent number: RE48804
    Abstract: A cutting tool includes a pipe, a pressing foot assembly, a spring, and a blade assembly. The pressing foot assembly is slidably sheathed on an end of the pipe. The spring is sheathed on the pipe. An end of the spring abuts against the pipe, and the other end of the spring abuts against the pressing foot assembly. The blade assembly passes through the pipe and the pressing foot assembly in a slidable manner. When the cutting tool moves along a first direction, the pressing foot assembly keeps pressing against an object in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction, such that the blade assembly protrudes from the pressing foot assembly and cuts the object along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Yuan-Chi Hsu
  • Patent number: RE48979
    Abstract: A piston assembly may comprise a housing with a wall, and at least one chamber formed in the wall. A piston may be disposed within the chamber and at least one passageway may pass through the piston. At least one pin may be disposed within the passageway and attached to the chamber, and the piston may be free to translate relative to the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Jonathan Marshall
  • Patent number: RE49056
    Abstract: An access device places a medical article within a body space of a patient. The device has a needle section that includes an elongated body and a needle hub. The device further includes a dilator portion that has a dilator and a dilator hub. The dilator is coaxially disposed and slideable over the elongated body of the needle section. The device further includes a sheath section that has a sheath and a sheath hub. The sheath is coaxially disposed and slideable over the dilator. The device further includes a first locking mechanism operably disposed between the needle hub and the dilator hub to inhibit at least unintentional axial movement between the needle section and the dilator portion and a second locking mechanism operably disposed between the dilator hub and the sheath hub to inhibit at least unintentional axial movement between the dilator portion and the sheath section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Tal, Janelle Anderson, Benjamin K. Yaffe, William J. McCreight, Robert Rabiner
  • Patent number: RE49095
    Abstract: A method of designing a guide tool for cartilage repair in an articulating surface of a joint, comprising the steps of: I. determining physical parameters for cartilage damage in a joint and generating design parameters for cartilage repair objects and their relative placement in a predetermined pattern. comprising: II. selecting repair objects to fit the individual cartilage damage site wherein the repair objects have: cross sectional areas adapted to fit the surface area of the cartilage damage site, lengths adapted to fit the selected joint and/or type of cartilage damage, and surfaces intended to align with the articular cartilage surface in the joint, based on the healthy surface contour curvature, III. determining, based on obtained image data, positions and angles of the selected cartilage repair objects, wherein the positions and angles are adapted so that the selected repair objects fit the individual cartilage damage site, IV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Nina Bake, Janarne Wetterheim, Robert Axelsson, Martin Qvänstedt
  • Patent number: RE49197
    Abstract: The invention relates to an injection device comprising a housing, a container holder arranged within said housing, the container holder being configured for accommodating a medicament container having a needle attached to one end thereof and a stopper sealingly and slidable arranged inside the medicament container at the other end thereof, a drive unit comprising a plunger rod and plunger drive means, the plunger drive means being slidable arranged in relation to the plunger rod, being rotationally locked to the plunger rod and being rotatable in relation to the housing, said drive unit further comprising a first energy accumulating member arranged in the interior of the housing of the injection device and adapted to accumulate and store energy, wherein said plunger drive means is operationally associated with said first energy accumulating member, wherein the plunger drive means is releasable such that due to an output torque from said first energy accumulating member, the plunger drive means are allowed to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Anders Karlsson, Stephan Olson
  • Patent number: RE49249
    Abstract: An electromechanical device for male sexual stimulation that uses a reciprocal linear motion similar to sexual intercourse, and wherein the penis remains fully inserted during use. The reciprocal linear motion is generated by a small motor which drives a screw and nut mechanism, to which a bracket and gripper is attached. Inserted into the gripper is a flexible sleeve. A penis may be inserted into the device inside the flexible sleeve. The movement of the gripper and sleeve against the penis provides pressure and motion against the penis inside the sleeve in a manner similar to sexual intercourse. The speed, pattern, and location of the motion can be controlled by the user through controls on the outside of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Brian Sloan
  • Patent number: RE49314
    Abstract: A refrigerator has a storage chamber opened and closed by a door and a water supply system to supply water to a water taking port disposed at the door. The water supply system includes a water tank and a plurality of connecting pipes. The water tank includes an elongated cylindrical shaped body and a cap configured to form a reservoir such that a section of the cap overlaps the body, a first port having a passageway integral with the elongated cylindrical shaped body, and a second port integral with the cap, the second port being aligned in a direction different from a longitudinal axis of the water tank. The connecting pipes include a first water line positioned in an opening of the first port in a direction different from the longitudinal axis of the water tank, and a second water line positioned in an opening of the second port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventor: Sang Min Park
  • Patent number: RE49359
    Abstract: An instrument for endoscopic applications, including a tubular member having a handling end portion having a flexible portion and actuating devices located at the other end portion, and longitudinal elements for transferring the movement of the actuating devices to the handling end portion resulting in a change of orientation thereof, whereby the handling end portion includes at least two independent flexible portions, whereby the actuating end portion has a corresponding number of actuating devices, and whereby each actuating device is connected by its own set of longitudinal elements to a part of the handling end portion for effecting a change of orientation of one of the flexible portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Fortimedix Assets II B.V.
    Inventor: Marcel Antonius Elisabeth Verbeek
  • Patent number: RE49369
    Abstract: A drug delivery device configured to provide a dose of medicament is disclosed. The drug delivery device includes a main housing, a syringe arranged in the main housing, and a pneumatic power pack arranged in the main housing. The pneumatic power pack includes a pressurized gas source storing pressurized gas, a valve for the pressurized gas source, a sleeve having an inner wall, and a plunger. The sleeve is configured to receive pressurized gas released from the pressurized gas source. The plunger is in sliding gas-tight engagement with the inner wall of the sleeve. Upon activation of the valve, the valve releases the pressurized gas, and the released pressurized gas flows into the sleeve and propels the plunger in a distal direction with respect to the sleeve and the syringe, so as to eject medicament from the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventor: Slobodan Stefanov
  • Patent number: RE49455
    Abstract: A device for clamping tissue includes a first jaw having a distal portion for communicating with tissue and a proximal portion having a first wing and a second wing. The device also includes a second jaw having a distal portion for communicating with tissue and a proximal portion having a first slot and a second slot, the first slot disposed between a middle structure and a first lateral structure, the second slot disposed between the middle structure and a second lateral structure. The first jaw is rotatably coupleable to the second jaw with the first wing extending into the first slot and the second wing extending into the second slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: David A. Nicholas, Peter T. Datcuk, Michael P. Whitman
  • Patent number: RE49487
    Abstract: Dental preparation uses a tooth preparation guide custom-made liar fitting with teeth of a patient. The preparation guide includes one or more guide channels for guiding a cutting tool. The preparation guide enables modification of the teeth as planned with high level of precision. A dental prosthesis for installing onto prepared teeth of the patient is provided before preparation of the teeth. The prosthesis includes features that are complementary to the prepared teeth. The prosthesis can be installed immediately after preparing the teeth using the preparation guide. With the high level of accuracy and precision in the preparation of teeth, no modification of the prosthesis would be needed for installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: WINVERTS, INC.
    Inventor: Oh-Dal Kwon
  • Patent number: RE49541
    Abstract: A computer-based prosthodontic method is provided, for enabling a dental practitioner to define a finish line of a dental prosthesis of at least one tooth to be fitted over a tooth preparation. The method comprises the following steps: providing a three-dimensional (3D) digital data relating to the patient's dentition, the 3D data includes data representative of the surface topology of the preparation and its surroundings; generating first finish line data representative of at least a portion of the finish line and superimposing an image of the finish line on an image of the dentition; obtaining second finish line data determined on the basis of input received from a dental practitioner; and using the second finish line data to update the first finish line data and superimposing the updated data on the dentition image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Avi Kopelman, Eldad Taub
  • Patent number: RE49557
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for an endovascular catheter that can be inserted within tortuous body anatomies and then selectively stiffened and fixed in place. In a particular embodiment, this stiffness is reversible. The stiffness or a comparable mechanical characteristic of the catheter assembly may be adjusted to a relatively low value during insertion (so that it easily navigates a guide wire or the like), and then subsequently adjusted to a relatively high value in situ to keep the catheter assembly substantially fixed in place (i.e., during delivery of an interventional device).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Cully, Jeffrey B. Duncan, Benjamin M. Trapp
  • Patent number: RE49666
    Abstract: An orthopedic impacting tool comprises a motor, an energy storage chamber, a striker, and an anvil. The motor stores energy in the energy storage chamber and then releases it, causing the striker to apply a controlled force on an adapter to create a precise impact for use in a surgical setting. The tool may further comprise a combination anvil and adapter. The tool further allows forward or backward impacting for expanding the size or volume of the opening or for facilitating removal of a broach, implant, or other surgical implement from the opening. An energy adjustment control of the tool allows a surgeon to increase or decrease the impact energy. A light source and hand grips improve ease of operation of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Inventor: Christopher Pedicini
  • Patent number: RE49685
    Abstract: A mattress for institutional use provides upper and lower surfaces offering different levels of firmness through the use of gradiated firmness in multiple polymer foam layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Direct Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Taylor Morgan, Anthony J. Patrick, Joshua James Jakubowski
  • Patent number: RE49892
    Abstract: A deformable or flexible suture anchor having apertures secures a suture to a skeletal structure via holes drilled through the skeletal structure, and passing the suture therethrough. A deformable structure permits the anchor to resiliently deform or bend for passing through an aperture, and resume a size larger than the passed aperture for securement on an opposed side of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Santangelo, Jeffrey Wyman, Matthew E. Koski
  • Patent number: RE50023
    Abstract: A pipe fixing device comprising a plurality of pipes, for conducting liquid or gas, arranged to cross each other, and a fixing member for fixing the plurality of pipes. The fixing member comprises a plurality of pipe fixing bores, and a plurality of fitting bores for the fitting of bands used to tighten the pipes. The present invention can secure not only easy insertion of the pipes arranged to cross each other, but also enhancement in a coupling force of the pipes through the use of the tightening bands, resulting in stable and reliable fixation of the pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Inventors: Mun Sub Kim, Jai Kwon Lee, Jin Yong Mo, Deug Yong Park, Hyung Suk Han, Ju Hwan Kim