Patents by Inventor Alan Black

Alan Black 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).

  • Publication number: 20200330723
    Abstract: A method is provided for facilitating urine output from the kidney, including: (a) inserting a catheter including: a drainage lumen including a distal portion configured to be positioned in a patient's kidney, renal pelvis and/or in the ureter adjacent to the renal pelvis and a proximal portion, the distal portion including a retention portion including a funnel support including at least one sidewall, wherein the funnel support includes a first diameter and a second diameter, the first diameter being less than the second diameter, the second diameter being closer to an end of the distal portion of the drainage lumen than the first diameter, wherein the proximal portion of the drainage lumen is essentially free of or free of openings; and (b) applying negative pressure to the proximal portion of the drainage lumen for a period of time to facilitate urine output from the kidney.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, David E. Orr, Lance Michael Black, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane
  • Patent number: 10799668
    Abstract: Ureteral or bladder catheters are provided, including (a) a proximal portion; and (b) a distal portion, the distal portion including a retention portion that includes one or more protected drainage holes, ports or perforations and is configured to establish an outer periphery or protective surface area that inhibits mucosal tissue from occluding the one or more protected drainage holes, ports or perforations upon application of negative pressure through the catheter. Systems, kits and methods for inducing negative pressure to increase renal function also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Strataca Systems Limited
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, David E. Orr, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane, Lance Michael Black
  • Publication number: 20200285346
    Abstract: An interactive environment image may be projected onto one or more surfaces, and interaction with the projected environment image may be detected within a three-dimensional space over the one or more surfaces. The interactive environment image may be a three dimensional image, or it may be two dimensional. An image is projected onto a surface to provide a visual representation of a virtual space including one or more of the virtual objects, which may be spatially positioned. User interaction with the projected visualized representation of the virtual space may be detected and, in response to user interaction, the projected visualized representation may be changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Mark L. Davis, Timothy Alan Tabor, Roger H. Hoole, Jeffrey Taylor, John M. Black
  • Patent number: 10765834
    Abstract: A method is provided for facilitating urine output from the kidney, including: (a) inserting a catheter including: a drainage lumen including a distal portion configured to be positioned in a patient's kidney, renal pelvis and/or in the ureter adjacent to the renal pelvis and a proximal portion, the distal portion including a retention portion including a funnel support including at least one sidewall, wherein the funnel support includes a first diameter and a second diameter, the first diameter being less than the second diameter, the second diameter being closer to an end of the distal portion of the drainage lumen than the first diameter, wherein the proximal portion of the drainage lumen is essentially free of or free of openings; and (b) applying negative pressure to the proximal portion of the drainage lumen for a period of time to facilitate urine output from the kidney.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Strataca Systems Limited
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, David E. Orr, Lance Michael Black, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane
  • Publication number: 20200237975
    Abstract: A method for increasing urine output rate from a patient having venous congestion is provided. The method includes: deploying a urinary catheter into the patient such that flow of urine from the ureter and/or kidney is transported within a drainage lumen of the catheter; applying negative pressure to the ureter and/or kidney through the drainage lumen of the catheter to extract urine from the patient; periodically measuring an edema value of the patient; and if the measured edema value is less than or equal to Grade 1 in which the depth of indentation is less than about 2 mm after about 10 seconds, ceasing the application of the negative pressure to the ureter and/or kidney.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane, Lance Michael Black, David E. Orr
  • Patent number: 10726869
    Abstract: An apparatus for changing a record comprising a record changing fork comprising first and second spaced apart tines arranged in a record plane and extending from a fork base to a fork mouth, each tine comprising a groove extending from the fork mouth at least part way to the fork base, the grooves being arranged to hold a record therebetween in the record plane; at least one tine comprising a resiliently deformable record gate, the record gate being adapted to prevent sliding of a record in the grooves past the record gate unless the record is slid with a force exceeding a threshold force; at least one shelf adapted to support a record, the width of the shelf being less than the separation between the tines; and, a control mechanism connected to the record changing fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sound Leisure Limited
    Inventor: Alan Black
  • Publication number: 20200222660
    Abstract: A bladder catheter is provided. The bladder catheter includes: a proximal portion configured to be positioned in at least a portion of a patient's urethra; and a distal portion configured to be positioned in a patient's bladder, the distal portion including a retention portion, wherein the retention portion includes an inwardly facing side including one or more perforations and an outwardly facing side, and wherein, when negative pressure is applied through the bladder catheter, fluid is drawn into the bladder catheter through the one or more perforations while bladder walls are prevented from appreciably occluding the one or more perforations by contact with the outwardly facing side of the retention portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane, Lance Michael Black
  • Publication number: 20200215303
    Abstract: Ureteral catheters are provided including a drainage lumen including a distal portion configured to be positioned in a patient's kidney, renal pelvis and/or in the ureter adjacent to the renal pelvis for receiving fluid from a patient's kidney and a proximal portion for draining the fluid from the distal portion, the distal portion including a coiled retention portion including: at least a first coil having a first diameter; at least a second coil having a second diameter, the first diameter being less than the second diameter, the second coil being closer to an end of the distal portion of the drainage lumen than the first coil; and one or more perforations on a sidewall of the coiled retention portion of the distal portion of the drainage lumen for permitting fluid flow into the drainage lumen, wherein the proximal portion of the drainage lumen is essentially free of or free of perforations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: John R. Erbey II, Jacob L. Upperco, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane, Lance Michael Black
  • Publication number: 20200215304
    Abstract: Ureteral or bladder catheters and systems are provided, including (a) a proximal portion; and (b) a distal portion, the distal portion including a retention portion including an outer periphery or protective surface area which prevents mucosal tissue from occluding one or more protected drainage holes, ports, or perforations disposed within the outer periphery or protective surface area upon application of negative pressure through the catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, David E. Orr, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane, Lance Michael Black
  • Publication number: 20200190201
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are compositions and methods for the treatment of otic diseases or conditions with TrkB or TrkC agonist compositions and formulations administered to an individual afflicted with an otic disease or condition, through direct application of these compositions and formulations onto or via perfusion into the targeted auris structure(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Horacio Uri SARAGOVI, Fabrice PIU, Alan FOSTER, KristenAnn BLACK
  • Patent number: 10664105
    Abstract: An interactive environment image may be projected onto one or more surfaces, and interaction with the projected environment image may be detected within a three-dimensional space over the one or more surfaces. The interactive environment image may be a three dimensional image, or it may be two dimensional. An image is projected onto a surface to provide a visual representation of a virtual space including one or more of the virtual objects, which may be spatially positioned. User interaction with the projected visualized representation of the virtual space may be detected and, in response to user interaction, the projected visualized representation may be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MEP Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Davis, Timothy Alan Tabor, Roger H. Hoole, Jeffrey Taylor, John M. Black
  • Publication number: 20200140955
    Abstract: This invention relates to prognostic signatures, and compositions and methods for determining the prognosis of cancer in a patient, particularly for colorectal cancer. Specifically, this invention relates to the use of genetic markers for the prediction of the prognosis of cancer, such as colorectal cancer based on signatures of genetic markers. In various aspects, the invention relates to a method of predicting the likelihood of long-term survival of a cancer patient, a method of determining a treatment regime for a cancer patient, a method of preparing a treatment modality for a cancer patient, among other methods as well as kits and devices for carrying out these methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Pacific Edge Limited
    Inventors: Hjalmar Nekarda, Jan Friederichs, Bernhard Holzmann, Robert Rosenberg, Anthony Edmund Reeve, Michael Alan Black, John Lindsay McCall, Yu-Hsin Lin, Robert Craig Pollock
  • Patent number: 10610664
    Abstract: Ureteral catheters are provided including a drainage lumen including a distal portion configured to be positioned in a patient's kidney, renal pelvis and/or in the ureter adjacent to the renal pelvis for receiving fluid from a patient's kidney and a proximal portion for draining the fluid from the distal portion, the distal portion including a coiled retention portion including: at least a first coil having a first diameter; at least a second coil having a second diameter, the first diameter being less than the second diameter, the second coil being closer to an end of the distal portion of the drainage lumen than the first coil; and one or more perforations on a sidewall of the coiled retention portion of the distal portion of the drainage lumen for permitting fluid flow into the drainage lumen, wherein the proximal portion of the drainage lumen is essentially free of or free of perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Strataca Systems Limited
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane, Lance Michael Black
  • Publication number: 20200078497
    Abstract: A method for removing excess fluid from a patient with hemodilution is provided. The method includes: deploying a urinary tract catheter into the patient such that flow of urine from the ureter and/or kidney is transported within a drainage lumen of the catheter; applying negative pressure to the ureter and/or kidney through the drainage lumen of the catheter to extract urine from the patient; periodically measuring a hematocrit value of the patient; and if the measured hematocrit value is greater than a predetermined threshold value, ceasing the application of the negative pressure to the ureter and/or kidney. A system for removing excess fluid from a patient with hemodilution including a ureteral catheter and a pump is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane, Lance Michael Black, David E. Orr
  • Publication number: 20200054856
    Abstract: Ureteral or bladder catheters are provided, including (a) a proximal portion; and (b) a distal portion, the distal portion including a retention portion that includes one or more protected drainage holes, ports or perforations and is configured to establish an outer periphery or protective surface area that inhibits mucosal tissue from occluding the one or more protected drainage holes, ports or perforations upon application of negative pressure through the catheter. Systems, kits and methods for inducing negative pressure to increase renal function also are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Applicant: Strataca Systems Limited
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, David E. Orr, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane, Lance Michael Black
  • Publication number: 20200043523
    Abstract: An apparatus for changing a record comprising a record changing fork comprising first and second spaced apart tines arranged in a record plane and extending from a fork base to a fork mouth, each tine comprising a groove extending from the fork mouth at least part way to the fork base, the grooves being arranged to hold a record therebetween in the record plane; at least one tine comprising a resiliently deformable record gate, the record gate being adapted to prevent sliding of a record in the grooves past the record gate unless the record is slid with a force exceeding a threshold force; at least one shelf adapted to support a record, the width of the shelf being less than the separation between the tines; and, a control mechanism connected to the record changing fork.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventor: Alan Black
  • Publication number: 20190366039
    Abstract: Ureteral or bladder catheters are provided, including (a) a proximal portion; and (b) a distal portion, the distal portion including a retention portion that includes one or more protected drainage holes, ports or perforations and is configured to establish an outer periphery or protective surface area that inhibits mucosal tissue from occluding the one or more protected drainage holes, ports or perforations upon application of negative pressure through the catheter. Systems, kits and methods for inducing negative pressure to increase renal function also are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: John R. Erbey II, Jacob L. Upperco, David E. Orr, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane, Lance Michael Black
  • Publication number: 20190346968
    Abstract: An interactive environment image may be projected onto one or more surfaces, and interaction with the projected environment image may be detected within a three-dimensional space over the one or more surfaces. The interactive environment image may be a three dimensional image, or it may be two dimensional. An image is projected onto a surface to provide a visual representation of a virtual space including one or more of the virtual objects, which may be spatially positioned. User interaction with the projected visualized representation of the virtual space may be detected and, in response to user interaction, the projected visualized representation may be changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Mark L. Davis, Timothy Alan Tabor, Roger H. Hoole, Jeffrey Taylor, John M. Black
  • Patent number: 10426919
    Abstract: Ureteral or bladder catheters are provided, including (a) a proximal portion; and (b) a distal portion, the distal portion including a retention portion that includes one or more protected drainage holes, ports or perforations and is configured to establish an outer periphery or protective surface area that inhibits mucosal tissue from occluding the one or more protected drainage holes, ports or perforations upon application of negative pressure through the catheter. Systems, kits and methods for inducing negative pressure to increase renal function also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Strataca Systems Limited
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, David E. Orr, Michael Alan Fisher, Patrick William Strane, Lance Michael Black
  • Patent number: 10422005
    Abstract: This invention relates to prognostic signatures, and compositions and methods for determining the prognosis of cancer in a patient, particularly for colorectal cancer. Specifically, this invention relates to the use of genetic markers for the prediction of the prognosis of cancer, such as colorectal cancer, based on signatures of genetic markers. In various aspects, the invention relates to a method of predicting the likelihood of long-term survival of a cancer patient, a method of determining a treatment regime for a cancer patient, a method of preparing a treatment modality for a cancer patient, among other methods as well as kits and devices for carrying out these methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: PACIFIC EDGE LIMITED
    Inventors: Hjalmar Nekarda, Jan Friederichs, Bernhard Holzmann, Robert Rosenberg, Anthony Edmund Reeve, Michael Alan Black, John Lindsay McCall, Yu-Hsin Lin, Robert Craig Pollock