Patents Examined by Glenn K. Dawson
  • Patent number: RE47490
    Abstract: A prosthetic valve assembly and method of implanting same is disclosed. The prosthetic valve assembly includes a prosthetic valve formed by support frame and valve leaflets, with one or more tethers each having a first end secured to the support frame and the second end attached to, or configured for attachment to, to papillary muscles or other ventricular tissue. The tether is configured and positioned so as to avoid contact or other interference with movement of the valve leaflets, while at the same time providing a tethering action between the support frame and the ventricular tissue. The valve leaflets may be flexible (e.g., so-called tissue or synthetic leaflets) or mechanical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: John F Migliazza, Hugues LaFrance, Harvey H Chen, Travis Zenyo Oba, Manouchehr A Miraki
  • Patent number: RE47491
    Abstract: A light transmission system to provide photodynamic treatment to a patient includes a single use integrated control module and catheter assembly having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) to transmit light toward target cells within a patient. The integrated light catheter and control module are used in combination with a light activated drug. Selected operating parameters may be programmed into the control module, or it may be wirelessly programmable in situ prior to use to allow user flexibility to tailor treatment for a particular patient or condition. Among the features that prevent reuse are that the control module lacks access to recharge the power source, and it may include a deactivation module that destroys circuitry or software when triggered. To prevent patient interference when in use, the control module may also be configured to selectively deactivate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: James C. Chen, Steven R. Daly, Zihong Guo, Llew Keltner, Jeffrey R. Storm
  • Patent number: RE47514
    Abstract: A balloon delivery catheter apparatus including a catheter tubing defining a lumen therethrough, a balloon disposed near a distal end of the catheter tubing and moving between deflated and inflated states, and a core wire having a proximal end attached to the catheter tubing inside the lumen and extending distally away and substantially co-axially with the catheter tubing through the balloon to a distal free end. Proximal and distal balloon control bands are concentrically arranged around respective proximal and distal end portions of the balloon. A coil disposed around the core wire has a proximal end attached to at least one of the distal end portion of the balloon and the distal balloon control band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Svelte Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Fernando DiCaprio
  • Patent number: RE47554
    Abstract: A system for controlling the acceleration, deceleration, braking, travel speed, and power assisted steering of a pallet truck, comprising setting a steering system and a traction system performance as a function of a position and rate of change of position of a control arm in a vertical axis and a horizontal axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy L. Rose
  • Patent number: RE47581
    Abstract: Device comprising: a chassis (1) which supports the entire assembly, a telescopic column (2) which comprises a lower fixed portion (5) rotating with respect to a vertical axis, and at least one upper mobile portion (6), a telescopic arm (3) that moves along the vertical column and that supports an x-ray emitter (4) at its end, wherein the telescopic arm-head assembly can be moved from the lower position of the mobile column in its retracted position to the upper position of the mobile column in its extended position, and also in that all the movements of the column are manual and have a mechanical balancing mechanism which comprises a first mechanism consisting of a spring, a block and tackle, and a variable radius pulley all housed in the fixed portion of the column, and a second balancing mechanism consisting of a recovery pulley and a two-radii pulley which balances the weight between the input of the cable and that of the telescopic arm and head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Ildefonso Moreno Vallejo, Diego Sanz Parreño, Angel Garcia Alonso, Javier Fernández Juarez, Andres Causapé Rodriguez
  • Patent number: RE47614
    Abstract: The present invention relates to drug delivery device and a and method of manufacturing a drug delivery device with a housing having a proximal end and a distal end, a cartridge adapted to accommodate a drug, a cartridge retaining member adapted to retain the cartridge, the cartridge retaining member being secured to the housing, and a spring washer being arranged within the housing so as to exerting a force on the cartridge and securing the cartridge against movement with respect to the cartridge retaining member and against movement with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Harms, Steffen Raab
  • Patent number: RE47671
    Abstract: A first projection portion projecting outward, in a vehicle width direction, from a front side frame is provided. A front end of the first projection portion is located at the same position, in the vehicle longitudinal direction, as a connection portion of a crash can to the front side frame or located in back of the connection portion. An outward side face of the first projection portion is configured to slant rearward and inward in a plan view. The first projection portion and a power unit are arranged to overlap each other in the vehicle longitudinal direction. Accordingly, an impact transmitted to a vehicle-compartment side in a small overlap collision can be reduced, restraining repair costs of the crash can broken in a low-speed collision as well as maintaining appropriate design flexibility of a vehicle-body front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi Nakamura, Hiroaki Takeshita, Masanobu Kobashi
  • Patent number: RE47686
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure describe a wheeled vehicle having a structure attached thereto and configured to acquire within the interior of the structure a vehicle to be inspected. The structure is configured to receive the vehicle within its interior. In example implementations, the structure is located relative to the wheeled vehicle such that the vehicle to be inspected is loaded into and received within the structure during travel of the wheeled vehicle past the vehicle to be inspected. Having loaded the vehicle into the structure, the vehicle may be inspected. Once inspection is complete, the vehicle may be unloaded from the structure. In example implementations, the structure is located relative to the wheeled vehicle such that the inspected vehicle is unloaded from the structure during travel of the wheeled vehicle past the inspected vehicle. The wheeled vehicle may transport the structure to the site of another vehicle to be inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Wilson, II, Stephen Lawrence Ihm
  • Patent number: RE47697
    Abstract: An irrigation pipe formed from a sheet that is rolled into a tube about a longitudinal axis of the sheet. The pipe has a watertight layer and a fabric layer. The fabric layer comprises a first fiber arrangement including first main fibers having a first orientation and a second fiber arrangement including second main fibers having a second orientation. The first and second orientations are transverse relative to each other and to the longitudinal axis when viewed in the sheet before it is rolled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Netafim, Ltd
    Inventor: Abed Masarwa
  • Patent number: RE47743
    Abstract: An output buffer circuit for avoiding voltage overshoot includes an input stage, an output bias circuit, an output stage, a clamp circuit, and a control unit. The input stage includes a positive input terminal, for receiving an input voltage, and a negative input terminal. The input stage generates a current signal according to the input voltage. The output bias circuit is coupled to the input stage, for generating a dynamic bias according to the current signal. The output stage is coupled to the input stage and the output bias circuit, including an output terminal, reversely coupled to the positive input terminal, and at least one output transistor, coupled to the output bias circuit and the output terminal, for providing a driving current to the output terminal according to the dynamic bias to generate an output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Xie-Ren Hsu, Ji-Ting Chen
  • Patent number: RE47796
    Abstract: An intervertebral joint assembly includes an upper support and a lower support, each of which has two or more components. The upper and lower support components are arranged in situ to form the upper and lower supports, respectively. By arranging the supports in situ, the supports can be introduced from the back of the patient, for example with an arthroscope. Each of the upper and lower supports has a surface adapted to engage a vertebra and a surface adapted to engage the other support or an intermediate member to form an articulate joint which articulates the joint assembly. In some embodiments, the components of the upper and lower supports are assembled in situ, for example with pivoting, telescoping or bending, to form the upper and lower supports, respectively. The supports can be attached to vertebrae with pedicles screws, and/or other anchors attached to the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Simplify Medical Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Malan de Villiers, David Hovda
  • Patent number: RE47834
    Abstract: A method for detecting a narrow road includes calculating relative heights of points from a distance measuring sensor to a ground based on distance information. A left boundary point and a right boundary point, at which a difference in relative heights from adjacent points becomes maximal, are acquired. A road boundary line of a driving road is acquired based on the left boundary point and the right boundary point depending on a movement trajectory of the vehicle when a difference in relative heights at the left boundary point and the right boundary point is more than or equal to a reference value. A road width of the driving road is calculated based on the road boundary line. It is detected whether the driving road of the vehicle is a narrow road based on the road width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ki Cheol Shin, Chang Jae Lee, Ee Suk Jung
  • Patent number: RE47869
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for applying an adhesive film to the sole of shoes. Application of a portion of the adhesive film can be performed by receiving a shoe on top of the adhesive film, which in turn is above a plate and compressible pins. Upon receiving the shoe, the plate is raised or lowered, and the compressible pins mark the perimeter of the sole of the shoe. The adhesive film is cut in a sole-shaped pattern due to the height differentiation, resulting in a sole-shaped portion of the adhesive film being adhered to the sole of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Tsontcho Ianchulev, Edward Y. Koo
  • Patent number: RE47941
    Abstract: A binding system (30H) having separate page images (81), (82), and (84) each of which present a portion of a complete map or image. The page images are printed within binding system (30H) which comprises three or more main pages (80a), (80b), and (80c) bonded to a main spine (21), and one or more secondary pages (86a) mounted on secondary spine (23a). Main spine (21) and secondary spine (23a) are substantially perpendicular to each other and bisect each other. Thereby allowing pages to be turned both vertically and horizontally without significantly altering the binding systems overall dimensions when open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ragner Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Dean Ragner
  • Patent number: RE48010
    Abstract: A pump for dispensing fluid includes a dome portion for storing the fluid received through a pump inlet. The dome portion is movable between a compressed state and an uncompressed state. The pump includes a flexible membrane having a first pliability when a first voltage is applied and a second pliability when a second voltage is applied. The pump includes a first biasing device that applies a first force in a first direction to the flexible membrane. The flexible membrane moves the dome portion from the uncompressed state to the compressed state. The pump includes a second biasing device that applies a second force in a second direction to the dome portion to move the dome portion from the compressed state to the uncompressed state when the flexible membrane has the second pliability. Alternatively, the dome portion moves in the second direction in response to a gravitational force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Ermanno Ciavarella, Scott Theodore Proper, Alexander York, Jason Thomas Dunn
  • Patent number: RE48026
    Abstract: Provided is a hydraulic railroad switch machine that incorporates a lock-spring assembly, a point-detection and display system, a connector rod assembly, and a hydraulic system to overcome disadvantages associated with throw-out linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Donald Coy Beamon, Dilson Santos Rodrigues, Rick Presley
  • Patent number: RE48038
    Abstract: Controlling the interaction between an external device and an implanted device, including a method of controlling interaction between an external device and an implanted device, the method including at least the steps of: establishing communications between the implanted device and the external device; the external device determining an identification of the implant and comparing the identification with identifications in a stored list; if the device matches one of said identifications, then using a corresponding set of operating parameters to interact with said implant; and otherwise, not interacting with said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Bastiaan van Dijk, Peter Gibson
  • Patent number: RE47904
    Abstract: A method for laser welding of one or more workpieces made from press hardenable steel, in a butt joint, in which the workpiece or the workpieces have a thickness of at least 1.8 mm and/or a jump in thickness of at least 0.4 mm arises at the butt joint including supplying filler wire into a molten bath generated by a laser beam. In order to ensure that the weld seam can reliably harden into a martensitic structure during the hot forming (press hardening), the filler wire contains at least one alloy element from the group of manganese, chromium, molybdenum, silicon and nickel, wherein the at least one alloy element is present in the filler wire with a mass proportion that is larger by at least 0.1% by weight than the mass proportion of the element in the press hardenable steel of the workpiece or the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: WISCO Tailored Blanks GmbH
    Inventors: Arndt Breuer, Dietmar Schaftinger, Max Brandt
  • Patent number: RE48068
    Abstract: A brush cutter includes a frame rod, a front end housing fixedly mounted to a front end of the frame rod, a cutting blade mounted on a support shaft within the front end housing, a rear end housing fixedly mounted to a rear end of the frame rod, an electric motor mounted within the rear end housing for rotation of the cutting blade, and a source of power supply for supplying electric power to the motor. In the brush cutter, a plurality of rechargeable battery packs adapted to use in electric power tools are used as the source of power supply for the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nojiri, Yoshifumi Morita, Toshikazu Migita
  • Patent number: RE48135
    Abstract: A server system includes a rack, a power supply module, a switch, and a plurality of servers. The rack can be divided into a plurality of rack units. The rack units are parallel to each other and vertically arranged. The power supply module and the switch are disposed in close proximity to each other in at least one of the rack units. The power supply is adjacent to the rear side of the rack. The switch is adjacent to the front side of the rack. Each of the servers is disposed in one of the other rack units and electrically connected to the power supply module and the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Maw-Zan Jau, Wei-Yi Chu, Chao-Jung Chen, Tzu-Hung Wang, Chih-Ming Chen