Patents by Inventor Brian E. Miller

Brian E. Miller 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: 10724550
    Abstract: A Venturi device has a body defining a motive section and a discharge section converging toward and spaced a distance apart to define a Venturi gap, defining a first suction port and a second suction port each in fluid communication with the Venturi gap, and defining a chamber having an outlet end of the motive section and an inlet end of the discharge section dividing the chamber into a first portion and a second portion in fluid communication with one another above and below the inlet and outlet ends and through the Venturi gap. The first and second portions both have a plurality of spaced apart fingers protruding radially and axially from an inner wall thereof. A suction housing is sealingly connected to the chamber and collectively defines a check valve with the body, and a cap is sealing connected to close another end of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Fletcher, Brian M. Graichen, James H. Miller, Keith Hampton
  • Patent number: 10709452
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, a shaft, a stapling head assembly, and an anvil. The body includes a motor, a first user input feature, and a second user input feature. The first user input feature is operable to activate the motor. The shaft extends distally from the body. The stapling head assembly is positioned at a distal end of the shaft. The stapling head assembly includes an anvil coupling feature, at least one annular array of staples, and a staple driver. The second user input feature is operable to drive the anvil coupling feature longitudinally. The staple driver is operable to drive the at least one annular array of staples. The motor is operable to drive the staple driver. The anvil is configured to couple with the anvil coupling feature. The anvil is further configured to deform the staples driven by the staple driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Brian F. DiNardo, Brian W. Bear, Charles J. Scheib, Christopher C. Miller, Craig S. Smith, Emily A. Schellin, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason E. Zerkle, Jeffrey C. Gagel, John P. Measamer, Johnny H. Alexander, III, Joseph T. Kluener, Kevin D. Sackett, Kevin L. Houser, Mark D. Overmyer, Matthew H. Bolton, Omar J. Vakharia, Richard F. Schwemberger, Richard L. Leimbach, Rodney V. Clingaman, Timothy E. Goode, William D. Fox, William R. Stager
  • Patent number: 10677239
    Abstract: Start-stop engine systems for a turbocharged engine have a bypass with fluid flow from upstream of the compressor or downstream of the compressor to a position between the throttle and the engine, or from between the compressor and throttle to a position upstream of the compressor with a Venturi device in the bypass. A device requiring vacuum is in fluid communication with a suction port of the Venturi device. An electronic vacuum pump is added that is in fluid communication with the device requiring vacuum or with the Venturi device. The electronic vacuum pump is operated during a stop condition of the start-stop engine to replace the vacuum generated by the Venturi device or to provide a pressure drop across the Venturi device so the Venturi device continues to generate vacuum for the device requiring vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hampton, David E. Fletcher, Brian M. Graichen, James H Miller
  • Publication number: 20200100790
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an end effector including an anvil and lower jaw. The anvil is pivotable toward the lower jaw to capture tissue. The apparatus further includes a stapling and severing assembly configured to sever and staple tissue clamped between the anvil and the lower jaw. A staple cartridge is coupled with the lower jaw. The staple cartridge includes a deck facing the anvil, a plurality of staples positioned in a plurality of staple openings formed through the deck, and a cinching feature positioned on the deck. At least a portion of the cinching feature is configured to be captured by the staples as the staples are driven out of the staple openings in response to activation of the stapling and severing mechanism. The cinching feature is configured to cinch severed and stapled tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Brian F. DiNardo, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Christopher C. Miller
  • Patent number: 10600510
    Abstract: A method of searching video content for specific subject matter of interest augments traditional image data analysis methods with analysis of contemporaneously gathered non-image data. One application involves video recordings of medical procedures performed using a medical device. When a user desires to locate portions of video recordings showing a medical event of interest, one or more medical device system events likely to correspond to the occurrence of the medical event of interest are identified from one or more procedure event logs. Timestamps associated with these system events are used to identify candidate video clips from the procedure video recordings. Image data analysis is performed on the candidate video clips to determine whether each candidate video clip contains the medical event of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Catherine J. Mohr, Brian E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10602321
    Abstract: A system for receiving multiple conversations or messages and for playing the multiple conversations or messages with a mobile device and wireless earpieces. The system may determine various presentation parameters based on various characteristics of the received messages and may play the messages such that audio appears at distinguishing locations around the user. The system may change how messages and/or conversations are played in response to recognize a change in the focus of the user based on detected user inputs, such as body movement gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian F. Miller, Adam E. Newham, Jose Menendez, Rohit Sauhta
  • Publication number: 20200085442
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, a stapling head assembly, an anvil, an anvil adjustment assembly, a trigger, and a lockout assembly. The stapling head assembly is operable to drive an annular array of staples. The anvil is configured to couple with the stapling head assembly. The anvil adjustment assembly includes a translating member, which translates relative to the body to thereby adjust the longitudinal position of the anvil relative to the stapling head assembly. The trigger is operable to actuate the stapling head assembly. The lockout assembly includes an electrically powered braking feature. A method of operating the surgical instrument includes providing the lockout assembly in a first state to permit translation of the translating member. The translating member is then translated. The lockout assembly is then transitioned to a second state to prevent further translation of the translating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Brian W. Bear, Matthew H. Bolton, Rodney V. Clingaman, Brian F. DiNardo, William D. Fox, Kevin L. Houser, John P. Measamer, Christopher C. Miller, Mark D. Overmyer, Kevin D. Sackett, Charles J. Scheib, Emily A. Schellin, Richard F. Schwemberger, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Craig S. Smith, Omar J. Vakharia, Jason E. Zerkle
  • Patent number: 10571030
    Abstract: Venturi devices are disclosed herein that include a body defining a Venturi gap between an outlet end of a converging motive section and an inlet end of a diverging discharge section, having a suction port in fluid communication with the Venturi gap, a gate valve linearly translatable to open and close the Venturi gap, and an actuator connected to the gate valve to operatively move the gate valve between an open position and a closed position. The gate valve, in a longitudinal cross-section, is generally U-shaped, thereby having continuous, opposing sides that one each close the motive outlet and the discharge inlet and defining a void between the opposing sides that is in fluid communication with the suction port. The converging motive section defines a circular-shaped motive inlet and defines an elliptical- or polygonal-shaped motive outlet, and the diverging discharge section defines an elliptical- or polygonal-shaped discharge inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hampton, David E. Fletcher, Brian M. Graichen, James H. Miller
  • Publication number: 20200037121
    Abstract: A system for receiving multiple conversations or messages and for playing the multiple conversations or messages with a mobile device and wireless earpieces. The system may determine various presentation parameters based on various characteristics of the received messages and may play the messages such that audio appears at distinguishing locations around the user. The system may change how messages and/or conversations are played in response to recognize a change in the focus of the user based on detected user inputs, such as body movement gestures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Brian F. Miller, Adam E. Newham, Jose Menendez, Rohit Sauhta
  • Patent number: 10542991
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument is disclosed. The stapling instrument comprises a staple cartridge including a circular array of staple cavities defined therein and an anvil configured to deform the staples. The stapling instrument further comprises a closure drive configured to position the anvil relative to the staple cartridge and a firing drive configured to eject the staples from the staple cartridge. The closure drive includes a shaft which is extendable above the staple cartridge to permit the anvil to be attached to the shaft. In various instances, the stapling instrument is configured and arranged such that the anvil cannot be attached to the shaft unless the shaft is moved into a fully-extended position above the staple cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Christopher C. Miller, Jason L. Harris, Brian Dinardo, Daniel J. Mumaw
  • Publication number: 20200020249
    Abstract: Implementations relate to medical simulations for medical procedure training. In some implementations, a system includes a simulation processing component including at least one processor and which generates a virtual environment using position signals that describe at least one of a position and a configuration of a physical surgical instrument relative to a physical surgical site. The simulation processing component updates the virtual environment according to changes in the position signals and according to control signals corresponding to inputs by a user of the system. The updating includes moving a virtual surgical instrument within the virtual environment, where an interaction of the virtual surgical instrument with a virtual surgical site is defined at least partly by a physical relationship between the physical surgical instrument and the physical surgical site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Jarc, Joey Chau, Brian E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10513954
    Abstract: Restrictors are disclosed that include a body defining a Venturi tube having a throat defining a junction of a converging inlet cone to a diverging outlet cone along a longitudinal axis thereof, and with the converging inlet cone and the diverging outlet cone each defining an inner passageway that transitions as a hyperbolic or parabolic function toward the throat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Fletcher, Brian M. Graichen, James H. Miller, Keith Hampton
  • Patent number: 10510267
    Abstract: Implementations relate to medical simulations for medical procedure training. In some implementations, a system includes a simulation processing component including at least one processor and which generates a virtual environment using position signals that describe at least one of a position and a configuration of a physical surgical instrument relative to a physical surgical site. The simulation processing component updates the virtual environment according to changes in the position signals and according to control signals corresponding to inputs by a user of the system. The updating includes moving a virtual surgical instrument within the virtual environment, where an interaction of the virtual surgical instrument with a virtual surgical site is defined at least partly by a physical relationship between the physical surgical instrument and the physical surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Jarc, Joey Chau, Brian E. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190375285
    Abstract: An energy storage system comprising at least one energy storage module adapted to supply electrical energy to a hybrid vehicle. The energy storage module comprises an enclosure, at least one battery array located within the enclosure, and an energy storage controller module located within the enclosure and electrically connected to the battery array. The energy storage module further comprises a compliant tipped thermistor which may be installed within a flexible clip. The thermistor is positioned to monitor the temperature of one or more of the batteries within the energy storage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Maskew, Scott K. Bennett, Leonard F. Baxter, II, Daniel J. Youngs, Kurt Biehl, Edward Bass, Eric D. Schneider, Felice E. Bailey, Steven T. Reyburn, Dean M. Ford, Clyde E. Johnson, Bruce E. Miller, Richard Bletsis, Derek A. Delrymple, Markus Naegeli, Jerry Wendling, Timothy A. Gasaway, Russell B. Hopkins, Brian C. Morrow, Robert Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20190375770
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to (a) carbidopa prodrugs, (b) pharmaceutical combinations and compositions comprising a carbidopa prodrug and/or an L-dopa prodrug, and (c) methods of treating Parkinson's disease and associated conditions comprising administering a carbidopa prodrug and an L-dopa prodrug to a subject with Parkinson's disease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: AbbVie Inc.
    Inventors: Benoit Cardinal-David, Vincent S. Chan, Kassibla E. Dempah, Brian P. Enright, Rodger F. Henry, Raimundo Ho, Ye Huang, Alexander D. Huters, Russell C. Klix, Scott W. Krabbe, Philip R. Kym, Yanbin Lao, Xiaochun Lou, Sean E. Mackey, Mark A. Matulenko, Peter T. Mayer, Christiopher P. Miller, James Stambuli, Valentino J. Stella, Eric A. Voight, Zhi Wang, Geoff G. Zhang
  • Patent number: 10492790
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an end effector including an anvil and lower jaw. The anvil is pivotable toward the lower jaw to capture tissue. The apparatus further includes a stapling and severing assembly configured to sever and staple tissue clamped between the anvil and the lower jaw. A staple cartridge is coupled with the lower jaw. The staple cartridge includes a deck facing the anvil, a plurality of staples positioned in a plurality of staple openings formed through the deck, and a cinching feature positioned on the deck. At least a portion of the cinching feature is configured to be captured by the staples as the staples are driven out of the staple openings in response to activation of the stapling and severing mechanism. The cinching feature is configured to cinch severed and stapled tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Brian F. DiNardo, Charles J. Scheib, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Christopher C. Miller
  • Patent number: 10480537
    Abstract: An evacuator for supplying vacuum to a device in a boosted engine air system is disclosed. The evacuator defines a body comprising a converging motive section, a diverging discharge section, at least one suction port, and a Venturi gap located between an outlet end of the converging motive section and an inlet end of the diverging discharge section. A lineal distance is measured between the outlet end and the inlet end. The lineal distance is decreased in length if higher suction vacuum at a specific set of operating conditions is required and the lineal distances is increased in length if higher suction flow rate at the specific set of operating conditions is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Fletcher, Brian M. Graichen, James H. Miller, Rex Bravo, Matthew C. Gilmer, Keith Hampton, Andrew D. Niedert, Denis Vashuk
  • Patent number: 10484843
    Abstract: A system for receiving multiple conversations or messages and for playing the multiple conversations or messages with a mobile device and wireless earpieces. The system may determine various presentation parameters based on various characteristics of the received messages and may play the messages such that audio appears at distinguishing locations around the user. The system may change how messages and/or conversations are played in response to recognize a change in the focus of the user based on detected user inputs, such as body movement gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian F. Miller, Adam E. Newham, Jose Menendez, Rohit Sauhta
  • Patent number: 10478189
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, a stapling head assembly, an anvil, an anvil adjustment assembly, a trigger, and a lockout assembly. The stapling head assembly is operable to drive an annular array of staples. The anvil is configured to couple with the stapling head assembly. The anvil adjustment assembly includes a translating member, which translates relative to the body to thereby adjust the longitudinal position of the anvil relative to the stapling head assembly. The trigger is operable to actuate the stapling head assembly. The lockout assembly includes an electrically powered braking feature. A method of operating the surgical instrument includes providing the lockout assembly in a first state to permit translation of the translating member. The translating member is then translated. The lockout assembly is then transitioned to a second state to prevent further translation of the translating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Brian W. Bear, Matthew H. Bolton, Rodney V. Clingaman, Brian F. DiNardo, William D. Fox, Kevin L. Houser, John P. Measamer, Christopher C. Miller, Mark D. Overmyer, Kevin D. Sackett, Charles J. Scheib, Emily A. Schellin, Richard F. Schwemberger, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Craig S. Smith, Omar J. Vakharia, Jason E. Zerkle
  • Patent number: 10478190
    Abstract: A circular stapling instrument is disclosed which comprises a replaceable staple cartridge. The circular stapling instrument and/or staple cartridge comprises a lockout configured to prevent a previously-fired staple cartridge from being re-used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Christopher C. Miller, Brian Dinardo, Scott A. Jenkins, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris