Patents by Inventor Albert C. Odell, II

Albert C. Odell, II 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: 10900350
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a radio-frequency identification device for use in a wellbore includes a housing made of a polymer; and an antenna disposed in the housing. The polymer may be selected from the group consisting of an elastomer, a plastic, a rubber, a thermoplastic elastomer, and combinations thereof. The RFID device may also include a fill material disposed in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander A. Lazarev, Albert C. Odell, II, Iain Macleod, Marius Raducanu
  • Patent number: 10590733
    Abstract: A valve arrangement in a tubular having a first one way valve configured to prevent fluid flow in the tubular in a first direction; and a second one way valve configured to prevent fluid flow in the tubular in a second, opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Eric M. Twardowski, Albert C. Odell, II, Tuong Thanh Le
  • Patent number: 10480290
    Abstract: A controller for operating a downhole tool includes a tubular body; a seat disposed in the body for receiving first and second pump-down plugs, at least a portion of one of the seat and the plugs being radially displaceable to pass through or allow passage of the other at a first threshold pressure differential; a catcher located below the seat for receiving the plugs after passing through the seat; a toggle linked to the seat to alternate between a locked position and an unlocked position in response to seating of the plugs; and a control mandrel for engaging a piston of the downhole tool and linked to the toggle: to be longitudinally movable between a first position and a second position when the toggle is unlocked, and to be prevented from movement from the first position to the second position when the toggle is locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Wei Jake Xu, Albert C. Odell, II
  • Patent number: 10227826
    Abstract: In another embodiment, a method of drilling a wellbore includes running a drilling assembly into the wellbore through a casing string, the drilling assembly comprising a tubular string, an underreamer, and a drill bit; injecting drilling fluid through the tubular string and rotating the drill bit, wherein the underreamer remains locked in the retracted position; sending an instruction signal to the underreamer via modulation of a rotational speed of the drilling assembly or modulation of a drilling fluid pressure, thereby extending the underreamers; and reaming the wellbore using the extended underreamer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Albert C. Odell, II, Marius Raducanu
  • Publication number: 20190003260
    Abstract: A tool for use in a wellbore includes a tubular body having a bore therethrough, an opening through a wall thereof, and a connector at each longitudinal end thereof; and an arm. The arm is pivotally connected to a first piston and rotationally coupled to the body, is disposed in the opening in a retracted position, and is movable to an extended position where an outer surface of the arm extends outward past an outer surface of the body. The first piston is disposed in the body bore, has a bore therethrough, and is operable to move the arm from the retracted position to the extended position in response to fluid pressure in the piston bore exceeding fluid pressure in the opening. The tool further includes a lock operable to retain the first piston in the retracted position; and a second piston operably coupled to the lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Albert C. ODELL, II, Wei Jake XU
  • Patent number: 10138690
    Abstract: An apparatus for gripping a tubular for use with a top drive includes a connector at one end for rotationally fixing the apparatus relative to the top drive; one or more gripping members at a second end for gripping the tubular; an actuator configured to move and hold the gripping members in contact with the tubular; and a lock coupled to the connector for preventing the apparatus and the top drive from rotating independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Albert C. Odell, II, Richard Lee Giroux, Tuong Thanh Le, Gary Thompson, Karsten Heidecke, Joerg Lorenz, Doyle Fredric Boutwell, Jr., Michael Hayes
  • Patent number: 10060190
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to extendable cutting tools for use in a wellbore. In one embodiment, a tool for use in a wellbore includes a tubular body having a bore therethrough, an opening through a wall thereof, and a connector at each longitudinal end thereof; and an arm. The arm is pivotally connected to a first piston and rotationally coupled to the body, is disposed in the opening in a retracted position, and is movable to an extended position where an outer surface of the arm extends outward past an outer surface of the body. The tool further includes the first piston. The first piston is disposed in the body bore, has a bore therethrough, and is operable to move the arm from the retracted position to the extended position in response to fluid pressure in the piston bore exceeding fluid pressure in the opening. The tool further includes a lock operable to retain the first piston in the retracted position; and a second piston operably coupled to the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Albert C. Odell, II, Frederick T. Tilton
  • Patent number: 10053961
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for removing debris from a wellbore using a cleaning tool. The tool may comprise an inner mandrel and a cup member coupled to the inner mandrel. The cup member is moveable between a collapsed position where fluid may flow across the exterior of the cup member, and an extended position where fluid is diverted into a flow path disposed between the inner mandrel and the cup member. The fluid is diverted through a filter member that is coupled to the inner mandrel below the cup member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy L. Wilson, Albert C. Odell, II, Simon J. Harrall
  • Publication number: 20180038194
    Abstract: A valve arrangement in a tubular having a first one way valve configured to prevent fluid flow in the tubular in a first direction; and a second one way valve configured to prevent fluid flow in the tubular in a second, opposite direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Eric M. TWARDOWSKI, Albert C. ODELL, II, Tuong Thanh LE
  • Patent number: 9784047
    Abstract: A method of drilling a wellbore includes running a drilling assembly into the wellbore through a casing string, the drilling assembly having a tubular string, a stabilizer, and a drill bit; applying a force to an arm of the stabilizer, thereby causing the arm to retract; and removing the stabilizer and the drill bit from the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Wei Jake Xu, Albert C. Odell, II
  • Patent number: 9745821
    Abstract: A method of controlling fluid flow between two tubulars includes disposing a sealing member in an annular area between two tubulars, wherein the two tubulars partially overlap; moving the sealing member to a lower position where it is not in contact with one of the tubulars, thereby allowing fluid flow through the annular area; and moving the sealing member to an upper position where it is in contact with both of the tubulars, thereby preventing fluid flow through the annular area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Eric M. Twardowski, Albert C. Odell, II, Tuong Thanh Le
  • Patent number: 9719303
    Abstract: A method of forming a wellbore includes providing a drilling assembly comprising one or more lengths of casing and an axially retracting assembly having a first tubular; a second tubular at least partially disposed in the first tubular and axially fixed thereto; and a support member disposed in the second tubular and movable from a first axial position to a second axial position relative to the second tubular, wherein, in the first axial position, the support member maintains the second tubular axially fixed to the first tubular, and in the second axial position, allows the second tubular to move relative to the first tubular; and an earth removal member disposed below the axially retracting assembly. The method also includes rotating the earth removal member to form the wellbore; moving the support member to the second axial position; and reducing a length of the axially retracting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Eric M. Twardowski, Jose A. Trevino, Albert C. Odell, II, Tuong Thanh Le, Wei Jake Xu, Guy F. Feasey
  • Publication number: 20170198526
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a casing bit drive assembly may be used with a casing drilling system. The casing bit drive assembly may include one or more of the following: a retrievable drilling motor; a decoupled casing sub; a releasable coupling between the motor and casing bit; a releasable coupling between the motor and casing; a cement diverter; and a casing bit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Eric M. TWARDOWSKI, Albert C. ODELL, II, Jose A. TREVINO
  • Publication number: 20170159363
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a radio-frequency identification device for use in a wellbore includes a housing made of a polymer; and an antenna disposed in the housing. The polymer may be selected from the group consisting of an elastomer, a plastic, a rubber, a thermoplastic elastomer, and combinations thereof. The RFID device may also include a fill material disposed in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Alexander A. Lazarev, Albert C. Odell, II, Iain Macleod, Marius Raducanu
  • Patent number: 9637977
    Abstract: The present invention relates methods and apparatus for lining a wellbore. In one aspect, a drilling assembly having an earth removal member and a wellbore lining conduit is manipulated to advance into the earth. The drilling assembly includes a first fluid flow path and a second fluid flow path. Fluid is flowed through the first fluid flow path, and at least a portion of which may return through the second fluid flow path. In one embodiment, the drilling assembly is provided with a third fluid flow path. After drilling has been completed, wellbore lining conduit may be cemented in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Giroux, Gregory G. Galloway, Patrick G. Maguire, Tuong Thanh Le, Albert C. Odell, II, David M. Haugen, Frederick T. Tilton, Brent J. Lirette, David J. Brunnert
  • Publication number: 20170089177
    Abstract: A controller for operating a downhole tool includes a tubular body; a seat disposed in the body for receiving first and second pump-down plugs, at least a portion of one of the seat and the plugs being radially displaceable to pass through or allow passage of the other at a first threshold pressure differential; a catcher located below the seat for receiving the plugs after passing through the seat; a toggle linked to the seat to alternate between a locked position and an unlocked position in response to seating of the plugs; and a control mandrel for engaging a piston of the downhole tool and linked to the toggle: to be longitudinally movable between a first position and a second position when the toggle is unlocked, and to be prevented from movement from the first position to the second position when the toggle is locked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Wei Jake XU, Albert C. ODELL, II
  • Publication number: 20170051561
    Abstract: A casing drilling system includes a casing having a bore therethrough; a drilling member coupled to the casing; a retrievable motor releasably coupled to the casing and includes a power section configured to rotate the drilling member relative to the casing; and a cementing tube in selectively fluid communication with the bore of the casing for diverting cement from the power section of the drilling motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Eric M. TWARDOWSKI, Albert C. ODELL, II, Jose A. TREVINO
  • Publication number: 20170044850
    Abstract: An apparatus for gripping a tubular for use with a top drive includes a connector at one end for rotationally fixing the apparatus relative to the top drive; one or more gripping members at a second end for gripping the tubular; an actuator configured to move and hold the gripping members in contact with the tubular; and a lock coupled to the connector for preventing the apparatus and the top drive from rotating independently of one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Albert C. ODELL, II, Richard Lee GIROUX, Tuong Thanh LE, Gary THOMPSON, Karsten HEIDECKE, Joerg LORENZ, Doyle Fredric BOUTWELL, JR., Michael HAYES
  • Patent number: 9534461
    Abstract: A controller for operating a downhole tool includes a tubular body; a seat disposed in the body for receiving first and second pump-down plugs, at least a portion of one of the seat and the plugs being radially displaceable to pass through or allow passage of the other at a first threshold pressure differential; a catcher located below the seat for receiving the plugs after passing through the seat; a toggle linked to the seat to alternate between a locked position and an unlocked position in response to seating of the plugs; and a control mandrel for engaging a piston of the downhole tool and linked to the toggle: to be longitudinally movable between a first position and a second position when the toggle is unlocked, and to be prevented from movement from the first position to the second position when the toggle is locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Wei Jake Xu, Albert C. Odell, II
  • Patent number: 9493989
    Abstract: A method of forming a wellbore includes providing a drilling assembly comprising one or more lengths of casing and an axially retracting assembly having a first tubular; a second tubular at least partially disposed in the first tubular and axially fixed thereto; and a support member disposed in the second tubular and movable from a first axial position to a second axial position relative to the second tubular, wherein, in the first axial position, the support member maintains the second tubular axially fixed to the first tubular, and in the second axial position, allows the second tubular to move relative to the first tubular; and an earth removal member disposed below the axially retracting assembly. The method also includes rotating the earth removal member to form the wellbore; moving the support member to the second axial position; and reducing a length of the axially retracting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Eric M. Twardowski, Jose A. Trevino, Albert C. Odell, II, Tuong Thanh Le, Wei Jake Xu, Guy F. Feasey