Patents Examined by Scott A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10397145
    Abstract: Methods of automatically updating content on a web site, allowing web site visitors to request notification of updates to the content of a web site, and notifying persons of updated content on a web site are disclosed. Update alert tables and systems for implementing the foregoing methods also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: James C. Bedingfield
  • Patent number: 10394942
    Abstract: Contextually placed chat-like annotations in an electronic record. Users can input successive time-stamped annotations at a selected location in an electronic record. The annotations are displayed chronologically in a discussion window, which is customizable by color, style, and location. The discussion window styles minimize clutter and distraction, thus providing for more effective review and collaboration. The discussion location is indicated by a discussion point icon, and can be displayed in a window of fixed sire with scrolling capability. A user can email the discussion window content to other users and request an alert, notifying the user of successive annotations. An annotation engine can reside on a server and receives user input and per functionality related to the annotations. The electronic record can reside on the server and is repeatedly updated to reflect current content relating to the electronic record and annotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: David S. Young, Andrea Knight
  • Patent number: 10390826
    Abstract: A surgical stapling device includes an elongated tool assembly having spaced first and second jaws positioned to receive a body organ. The length of the tool assembly (which may have a curved configuration) is selected to receive and staple and/or transect a body organ in a single actuation of the tool assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Ayman Badawi
  • Patent number: 10387559
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described herein for creating associations between user interests and electronic document templates generated from B2C electronic documents. Once these associations are created, interest(s) of a user (e.g., a user profile) may be determined automatically based on B2C electronic documents addressed to the user. In various implementations, an electronic document addressed to a user may be identified. A particular electronic document template that corresponds to the electronic document addressed to the user may be selected from a plurality of electronic document templates. The selecting may be based on attribute(s) shared between the electronic document addressed to the user and the selected electronic document template. The particular electronic template may be generated from a plurality of electronic documents that share fixed content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: James Wendt, Jie Yang, Ying Sheng, Jing Xie, Luis Garcia Pueyo
  • Patent number: 10383632
    Abstract: A bending control mechanism includes a turning power input mechanism A, a turning transmission mechanism B, a locking mechanism C and a linear power output mechanism D; further, the turning power input mechanism A and the turning transmission mechanism B which are coaxially arranged have a relative rotating angle range in the circumferential direction; the turning power input mechanism A sequentially rotates in an angle I, an angle range II and an angle III while rotating relative to the turning transmission mechanism B from one end angle to the other end angle within a relative rotating angle range, wherein the angle I or the angle III corresponds to turning; the angle range II corresponds to a locking state. With the adoption of the mechanism, the problem of turning and fixing of the surgical instrument in a human body during surgery is solved, and the risk of surgery is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: SHANGHAI YISI MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., YISI (SUZHOU) MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guang Yang, Honglin Nie, Anhua Li, Xiliang Zhang, Xiufeng Shi
  • Patent number: 10380217
    Abstract: A method and Web server for verifying a Web service request originating from a Web page is provided. The method includes matching the Web service request with a Web service. A sequence ID contained in the request is identified. The Web service request is verified if the identified sequence ID does not correspond with a previous sequence ID for the matched Web service. Additionally, the Web service does not verify a same Web service request twice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Philippe Kaplan, Georges-Henri Moll, Xavier Nodet, Olivier Oudot
  • Patent number: 10380226
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for identifying and displaying key excerpts of a digital work and related key excerpts of other digital works. Key excerpts are identified by evaluating (a) the number of interactions by human readers within each of the key excerpts and (b) the number of reviews that reference each of the key excerpts. Related excerpts from other books can be identified by comparing the key excerpts of the other books. Excerpts can be displayed by subject, and links are provided to move from one subject to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Manching Tseng, Abhishek Patnia, Adam Joseph Iser, Christopher Michael Ellis, Alice Chu
  • Patent number: 10376262
    Abstract: A surgical instrument including a handle assembly, a first endoscopic portion, a motor, and a first end effector is disclosed. The first endoscopic portion is selectively connectable to a distal portion of the handle assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The first endoscopic portion includes a housing adjacent its proximal portion and includes an actuation member. The motor is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the housing of the first endoscopic portion and is operatively connected to the actuation member for moving the actuation member substantially along the longitudinal axis. The first end effector is selectively connectable to a distal portion of the first endoscopic portion and is configured to perform a first stapling function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael A. Zemlok, David C. Racenet
  • Patent number: 10380512
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a non-transitory machine-readable medium that stores a program. The program determines a first identifier encoding for a location associated with a user requesting procurement of the item based on a hierarchy of locations. The program further determines a second identifier for a category associated with the item based on a hierarchy of categories. The program also determines a first set of search identifiers based on the first identifier encoding for the location. The program further determines a second set of search identifiers based on the second identifier encoding for the category. The program also determines a set of combinations of search identifiers based on the first and second sets of search identifiers. The program further identifies a set of policies from a plurality of policies based on the set of combinations of search identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Yuan Tung, Lalitha Rajagopalan, Sudhir Bhojwani, Payod Deshpande, Pranay Kaikini, Raghavendra Keshavamurthy
  • Patent number: 10380513
    Abstract: In response to a request received from a client device to view an item, a program determines a category associated with the item and a location associated with a user of the client device. The program also identifies a form based on the category and the location. The form comprises a set of fields. The program then provides a graphical user interface (GUI) that includes the form to the client device. The program also receives, through the GUI, data values for the set of fields from the client device and a request to add the item to a collection of items. The program then identifies a policy based on the category and the location. The program also applies the policy to the data values for the set of fields. The program then sends a notification to the client device indicating a result of the application of the policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Yuan Tung, Lalitha Rajagopalan, Sudhir Bhojwani, Payod Deshpande, Pranay Kaikini, Raghavendra Keshavamurthy
  • Patent number: 10372792
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improving the efficiency of document transformation processes is disclosed. For example, more efficient XML transformations may be performed against a source document that has incurred minor or incremental changes. Rather than apply a transform (e.g., an XSLT document) to a complete document each time any fragment of the source document is modified, a document management system may be configured to apply the transform only to the modified portions of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: John E. Petri
  • Patent number: 10373121
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for integrating a calendaring system with a mashup page. A mashup server accesses the calendar data inputted by a user to create or edit an entry in a calendar application. The mashup server provides the user access to widgets to be included on a mashup page, where the widgets use the accessed calendar information so that the widgets provide information to the recipients of the calendared event. In this manner, the widgets provide information that normally would be accessible by the participants via links to a myriad of disjoint applications thereby negating the fractured experience of the participants. Upon finalizing the mashup page, the mashup page is saved as a Uniform Resource Location (URL) in the created/edited calendar entry. The mashup page is later transmitted by the mashup server to the recipients of the calendar entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Feng-Wei Chen, John R. Hind, Joseph D. Johnson, Yongcheng Li
  • Patent number: 10368868
    Abstract: An end effector of a surgical stapler includes first and second jaw members and a buttress material. The first jaw member is moveable relative to the second jaw member. The first jaw member includes a contact surface, a first projection, and a catch. The catch includes first and second fingers distal of the first projection. The second finger is biased toward the contact surface. The buttress material defines a longitudinal axis. The buttress material is releasably secured to the first jaw member. The buttress material defines first, second, and third slots formed therein. The first projection of the first jaw member is received in the first slot of the buttress material. The first finger of the catch is received in the second slot of the buttress material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Ernie Aranyi
  • Patent number: 10368862
    Abstract: A staple housing includes an array of staples each in a staple delivery position or “ready position” ready to be fired into target tissue. A staple driver is advanceable to drive the ready-position staples from the staple head into the tissue using staple pushers. During use, the staples in the ready positions are simultaneously fired into the target tissue using the staple pushers, forming an array of staples in the target tissue. After the array has been fired, one or more feed mechanisms within the staple housing advance a second group of staples from one or more staple storage locations into the ready positions in preparation for firing of the second group of staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balbierz, Pablo R. Hambly, Jason S. Stewart, David Cole
  • Patent number: 10368866
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a surgical instrument and discloses a flexible drive member, an end-effector, and a surgical instrument. The flexible drive member includes a distal portion, a proximal portion, and a bendable portion therebetween, wherein the bendable portion includes a plurality of wire bundles extending in the length direction of the flexible drive member, and a flexible casing enclosing the plurality of wire bundles. In the technical solutions of the disclosure, the bendable portion is provided with some rigidity and flexibility due to the plurality of wire bundles, and the flexibly casing can fix the plurality of wire bundles relatively and can alleviate friction rate of the surface of the flexible drive member and further improve the rigidity of the flexible drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Reach Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongfeng Wang, Gan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10369686
    Abstract: A hand-held power tool has a tool holder for holding a tool along a working axis. A hammer mechanism has a striker that is moved periodically at an impact rate along the working axis between a turning point in the proximity of the tool and a turning point remote from the tool. A drive control of the hammer mechanism sets the impact rate to a set point value. A vibration absorber has an oscillator that moves along the working axis about a resting position and one or multiple springs that drive the oscillator back into the resting position. A first sensor is used to determine a phase of the motion of the striker. A sensor is used to determine a first phase of a compression point of the hammer mechanism. Another sensor is used to determine a second phase of a turning point in the proximity of the tool, of the hammer mechanism. A damping controller adapts the set point value in such a way that a phase difference between the first phase and the second phase is less than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rainer Ontl, Frank Kohlschmied, Christoph Dieing
  • Patent number: 10363650
    Abstract: In a rack and pinion mechanism 80, a driving-side pinion gear 83 and a driven-side pinion gear 86 are provided to be coaxially rotatable relative to each other within a predetermined angle range. Because of this construction, in a case where a time when a driver 3 reaches an advancing end position and contacts an advancing end damper 19 deviates from a time when a weight device 5 reaches a retracting end position and contacts a moving end damper 7, an excessive external force is not applied to engaging teeth 81a and 82a by relative rotation of the pinion gears 83 and 86. Thus, due to this construction, durability of the rack and pinion mechanism 80, where end impacts are absorbed through elastic deformation, is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isao Miyashita, Kenichi Miyata
  • Patent number: 10357247
    Abstract: A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes an elongated channel configured to support a staple cartridge, an anvil pivotably connected to the elongated channel, a knife mechanically coupled to the staple cartridge, an electric motor and a control circuit electrically connected to the electric motor. The control circuit is configured to change a firing motion of the surgical instrument based on a combination of events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Michael J. Vendely, Charles J. Scheib
  • Patent number: 10357251
    Abstract: A surgical staple cartridge is disclosed comprising a plurality of staples removably stored within the surgical staple cartridge. The staples comprise staple legs which extend from a staple base portion. The staple legs comprise staple tips configured to pierce tissue and contact a corresponding forming pocket of an anvil of surgical stapling instrument. The staples further comprise zones having different hardnesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Chester O. Baxter, III
  • Patent number: 10350741
    Abstract: A replaceable positioning tip can be removably fixedly coupled to a distal end of the trip arm. The positioning tip can define a tip nail guide groove having a proximal portion extending at a first angle substantially parallel to a nail driver axis and a distal end tapering at a second angle. The tapered distal end can be encompassed by a thin-walled portion. A nail tip lifter can be coupled to the rear nail guide housing for pivotable movement between a first position adjacent the positioning tip and a second position away from the positioning tip. The nail tip lifter can define a lifter nail guide groove extending from its inception at a proximal end to a distal end. A biasing member can be positioned between the rear nail guide housing and the nail tip lifter to bias the nail tip lifter toward the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Lee M. Brendel, Larry E. Gregory, Rex A. Marshall, Jr.