Patents by Inventor Brian Mear

Brian Mear 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: 10758440
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a frame, a support surface, and a sensor. The frame and the support surface cooperate to support a patient. The sensor is coupled to one of the frame and the support surface and is configured to provide an input signal indicative of usage of the support surface by the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Phipps, Brian Mears, Steven Spielmann, Michael Conaway, Joseph T. Canter
  • Publication number: 20200060833
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a hinge knee system. A hinge knee system may comprise a femoral component; an insert; a tibial tray configured to be coupled to the insert; a tibial bushing configured to be disposed between the tibial tray and the insert; a poly locking screw configured to secure the tibial tray to the insert; a hinge box configured to be disposed between the femoral component and the insert; one or more cross-pin bushings configured to be disposed within the hinge box; a cross-pin configured to secure the hinge box to the femoral component; a hinge post configured to couple the hinge box to the tibial tray; and a hinge post set screw configured to secure the hinge box to the hinge post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Benjamin Arnold, Brian Bowman, Diana Rosales, Paul Edwards, C. Lowry Barnes, Simon Mears, Michael Neel, Daivon Deans, Jacob Hustedt, Jonathon Gold, Henry Warder, Brandon Duquesnel
  • Publication number: 20200054509
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a frame, a support surface, and a sensor. The frame and the support surface cooperate to support a patient. The sensor is coupled to one of the frame and the support surface and is configured to provide an input signal indicative of usage of the support surface by the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: William H. PHIPPS, Brian MEARS, Steven SPIELMANN, Michael CONAWAY, Joseph T. CANTER
  • Publication number: 20120198627
    Abstract: An adjustable bed (20) includes a base frame (30) and an occupant support system (32) operable in two or more modes of operation. A user control (90), which may be a rocker pedal (100) is capable of assuming at least two identities, each corresponding to one of the two or more modes of operation. A mode selector (122) allows a user to select an identity for the user control. Selection of the user control identity enables a user to use the user control to govern the mode of operation corresponding to the selected identity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Turner, Brian Mears
  • Publication number: 20060218593
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coaxial cable local area network (LAN) for digitally communicating client generated data between clients of the cable LAN. The cable LAN has adapters in communication with both the clients and other adapters of the cable LAN. Connected through coaxial cable, these adapters generate and communicate data transmitting signals that take advantage of the operating frequency spectrum of the coaxial cable so as to not interfere with the operating frequency of the client data within the coaxial cable. Other features are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Inventors: Amir Afshary, Desikan Iyadurai, Brian Mears, Gregory Tucker
  • Patent number: 5488224
    Abstract: A system for characterizing the pressure, temperature, movement and flow patterns of a fluid under high pressure within a test cell. The test cell is lined internally with adjustable rock facings. Pressure is measured within the test cell using a device employing pressure-distortable optical fibers. Fluid velocity, flow direction, and filter-cake buildup are measured with laser Doppler velocimetry. The flow pattern of the fluid is viewed using corresponding arrays of transmitting and receiving optical fibers. Temperature of the fluid is estimated using a combination of thermal sensors. The pressure, velocity, viewing and temperature systems are integral to the rock facings of the test cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: John E. Fagan, James J. Sluss, Jr., John W. Hassell, R. Brian Mears, Ronnie B. Beason, Sonja R. Wilkinson, Tommy Lear, Kok S. Tan
  • Patent number: 5326969
    Abstract: A system for characterizing the pressure, temperature, movement and flow patterns of a fluid under high pressure within a test cell. The test cell is lined internally with adjustable rock facings. Pressure is measured within the test cell using a device employing pressure-distortable optical fibers. Fluid velocity, flow direction, and filter-cake buildup are measured with laser Doppler velocimetry. The flow pattern of the fluid is viewed using corresponding arrays of transmitting and receiving optical fibers. Temperature of the fluid is estimated using a combination of thermal sensors. The pressure, velocity, viewing and temperature systems are integral to the rock facings of the test cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: John E. Fagan, James J. Sluss, Jr., John W. Hassell, R. Brian Mears, Ronnie B. Beason, Sonja R. Wilkinson, Tommy Lear, Kok S. Tan
  • Patent number: 5324956
    Abstract: A system for characterizing the pressure, temperature, movement and flow patterns of a fluid under high pressure within a test cell. The test cell is lined internally with adjustable rock facings. Pressure is measured within the test cell using a device employing pressure-distortable optical fibers. Fluid velocity, flow direction, and filter-cake buildup are measured with laser Doppler velocimetry. The flow pattern of the fluid is viewed using corresponding arrays of transmitting and receiving optical fibers. Temperature of the fluid is estimated using a combination of thermal sensors. The pressure, velocity, viewing and temperature systems are integral to the rock facings of the test cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: John E. Fagan, James J. Sluss, Jr., John W. Hassell, R. Brian Mears, Ronnie B. Beason
  • Patent number: 5272333
    Abstract: A system for characterizing the pressure, temperature, movement and flow patterns of a fluid under high pressure within a test cell. The test cell is lined internally with adjustable rock facings. Pressure is measured within the test cell using a device employing pressure-distortable optical fibers. Fluid velocity, flow direction, and filter-cake buildup are measured with laser Doppler velocimetry. The flow pattern of the fluid is viewed using corresponding arrays of transmitting and receiving optical fibers. Temperature of the fluid is estimated using a combination of thermal sensors. The pressure, velocity, viewing and temperature systems are integral to the rock facings of the test cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: John E. Fagan, James J. Sluss, Jr., John W. Hassell, R. Brian Mears, Ronnie B. Beason, Sonja R. Wilkinson, Tommy Lear
  • Patent number: 5271675
    Abstract: A system for characterizing the pressure, temperature, movement and flow patterns of a fluid under high pressure within a test cell. The test cell is lined internally with adjustable rock facings. Pressure is measured within the test cell using a device employing pressure-distortable optical fibers. Fluid velocity, flow direction, and filter-cake buildup are measured with laser Doppler velocimetry. The flow pattern of the fluid is viewed using corresponding arrays of transmitting and receiving optical fibers. Temperature of the fluid is estimated using a combination of thermal sensors. The pressure, velocity, viewing and temperature systems are integral to the rock facings of the test cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Assignee: Gas Research Institute
    Inventors: John E. Fagan, James J. Sluss, Jr., John W. Hassell, R. Brian Mears, Ronnie B. Beason, Sonja R. Wilkinson, Tommy Lear, Kok S. Tan
  • Patent number: 4202143
    Abstract: A combined formwork and cavity tray element for use in the construction industry having first and second web portions joined together by a third web portion forming an included angle of more than 90.degree. with each of the first and second web portions. The first web portion is substantially straight throughout its longitudinal direction and the second web portion is curved in the vertical direction towards the plane containing the uppermost elongate flat surface of the first web portion. If desired, the element may include a box-section wherein the second web portion comprises the top wall thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Inventors: Brian Mear, Gary Smith