Patents by Inventor Andrew Means

Andrew Means 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: 10300257
    Abstract: A dilation assembly includes a shaft and a dilator coupled with the distal end of the shaft. The dilator includes a proximal end, a distal end, and a center portion positioned between the proximal end and the distal end. The center portion dilates from a first configuration to a second configuration. The center portion has a larger diameter than the proximal end and the distal end when the center portion is in the second configuration. At least one gripping feature is positioned on at least a portion of the exterior surface of the center portion. The gripping feature provides friction between the center portion and a bodily lumen when the center portion is in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Show-Mean Wu, Tapan Mistry, Dexter D. Hernando, Siddhi K. Desai, Robert J. Tannhauser, Shrirang V. Ranade, Ketan P. Muni, Martin J. Madden, Andrew Chen
  • Publication number: 20060250902
    Abstract: This invention relates to plug-in hybrid propulsion systems where the energy storage element of the hybrid drive train may be charged with externally supplied electricity as well as energy from the engine or regenerative braking. The invention is a plug-in hybrid system with a fast energy storage and delivery system. In a preferred embodiment the invention comprises a fuel powered engine, a battery, a fast energy storage system, power converters, controllers, drive motors, an electrical distribution system, and a drive train. Additionally, the invention relates to plug-in hybrids that provide services to the electrical utility when the vehicle is connected to the utility grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Publication date: November 9, 2006
    Applicant: AFS Trinity Power Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Bender, Atul Deshmane, Andrew Means