Patents by Inventor Charles Dean

Charles Dean 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: 11281877
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing a Lock-Tag-Try (LTT) process. A computing device may scan an indicator and request a content item associated with the indicator. The computing device may receive the one or more content items associated with the indicator. The one or more content items are configured to guide a user through the LTT process. A server may be configured to receive the request and transmit the content item to the user device. The server may be further configured to store information related to the LTT process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Erika Elizabeth Swartz, Joseph Charles Dean
  • Publication number: 20200261074
    Abstract: A suture needle system includes a first needle and at least one second needle. Each of the first and second needles preferably has a common needle body construct. The first needle includes an elongate suture having a length sufficient to extend at least the length of an instrument channel of an endoscope. The second needle includes an opening formed by a loop of suture at which the second needle can be advanced over the elongate suture. In use, the first needle is secured to a first tissue location using an endoscopic suturing system. A second needle is advanced at its opening over the elongate suture and secured to a second tissue location. Additional second needles may be advanced over the elongate suture to respective tissue locations. The elongate suture is pulled taut, drawing the second needles into proximity, and secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mims, Charles Dean, Nicole Pinto, Mitchell Gilkey, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 10736764
    Abstract: A gastric implant includes a distal sleeve portion configured to be disposed in a duodenum of a patient, and a pyloric restriction portion connected to a proximal end of the distal sleeve portion. The pyloric restriction portion is configured to be disposed in a pylorus of a patient. Also, the implant includes a proximal anchor portion connected to a proximal end of the pyloric restriction portion. The proximal anchor portion is configured to be disposed in a lower stomach of the patient. The proximal anchor portion has at least one eyelet for fastening to the stomach to secure the implant to the gastrointestinal tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Dean, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 10639028
    Abstract: A suture needle system includes a first needle and at least one second needle. Each of the first and second needles preferably has a common needle body construct. The first needle includes an elongate suture having a length sufficient to extend at least the length of an instrument channel of an endoscope. The second needle includes an opening formed by a loop of suture at which the second needle can be advanced over the elongate suture. In use, the first needle is secured to a first tissue location using an endoscopic suturing system. A second needle is advanced at its opening over the elongate suture and secured to a second tissue location. Additional second needles may be advanced over the elongate suture to respective tissue locations. The elongate suture is pulled taut, drawing the second needles into proximity, and secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mims, Charles Dean, Nicole Pinto, Mitchell Gilkey, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200029953
    Abstract: A system includes a first tube, a sharp coil at a distal end of the first tube, a second tube displaceable within the first tube, and a sharp housing at a distal of the second tube for storing fasteners. The housing can be positioned at a first tissue, and the coil rotated to advance the coil into engagement with the first tissue. The first tube is retracted to retract the first tissue, and then a first fastener is deployed at the first tissue location. Then, without removing the system from the patient, the distal end of the system is moved adjacent a second tissue location, and the process is repeated for a second fastener at the second tissue location. A suture extends between the first and second fasteners, and tension is applied to the suture to draw the first and second tissues toward each other to reconfigure the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Charles Dean
  • Publication number: 20190392186
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing a Lock-Tag-Try (LTT) process. A computing device may scan an indicator and request a content item associated with the indicator. The computing device may receive the one or more content items associated with the indicator. The one or more content items are configured to guide a user through the LTT process. A server may be configured to receive the request and transmit the content item to the user device. The server may be further configured to store information related to the LTT process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Inventors: Erika Elizabeth Swartz, Joseph Charles Dean
  • Patent number: 10426457
    Abstract: A system includes a first tube, a sharp coil at a distal end of the first tube, a second tube displaceable within the first tube, and a sharp housing at a distal of the second tube for storing fasteners. The housing can be positioned at a first tissue, and the coil rotated to advance the coil into engagement with the first tissue. The first tube is retracted to retract the first tissue, and then a first fastener is deployed at the first tissue location. Then, without removing the system from the patient, the distal end of the system is moved adjacent a second tissue location, and the process is repeated for a second fastener at the second tissue location. A suture extends between the first and second fasteners, and tension is applied to the suture to draw the first and second tissues toward each other to reconfigure the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Charles Dean
  • Patent number: 10138779
    Abstract: Selective catalytic reduction filter (SCRF) devices and systems incorporating the same are provided. Systems can include an exhaust gas source, an exhaust gas conduit capable of receiving an exhaust gas stream from the exhaust gas source, and an SCRF device in fluid communication therewith. The SCRF device can include a filter, a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst disposed on at least portion of the filter, and a NOx storage coating on at least a portion of the filter. The NOx storage coating can include one or more of palladium, barium, or cerium. The NOx storage coating can be biased towards the upstream side of the filter. The NOx storage coating can overlap a portion of the SCR catalyst. The system can further include a water-absorbing alkali oxide. The water-absorbing alkali oxide can be disposed within the SCRF device, the exhaust gas conduit, or in an upstream oxidation catalyst device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Rahul Mital, Gongshin Qi, Charles Dean, Charles Solbrig
  • Publication number: 20180330631
    Abstract: Disclosed is systems and methods of simulating IEDs and munitions with an SUAV. One embodiment is a simulation of an SUAV that is used to directly deliver an TED. Another embodiment is a simulation of an SUAV that delivers IEDs by placing, dropping, or launching them from the SUAV. Additionally, the SUAV may be used to deliver other simulated hazardous devices such biological or chemical weapons, distraction devices or contraband.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Dean Preston, II, Michael V. Malone, Michael J. Hopmeier
  • Patent number: 10077722
    Abstract: A method of controlling engine internal exhaust gas recirculation may include estimating a flow restriction through a diesel particulate filter in an exhaust system of an engine assembly and adjusting a backpressure control valve in the exhaust system downstream of the diesel particulate filter based on the flow restriction. A controlled amount of internal exhaust gas recirculation may be provided to the engine assembly based on adjusting the backpressure control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Charles Dean, Manuel Angel Gonzalez Delgado, Michael J. Lucido
  • Publication number: 20180221009
    Abstract: A system includes a first tube, a sharp coil at a distal end of the first tube, a second tube displaceable within the first tube, and a sharp housing at a distal of the second tube for storing fasteners. The housing can be positioned at a first tissue, and the coil rotated to advance the coil into engagement with the first tissue. The first tube is retracted to retract the first tissue, and then a first fastener is deployed at the first tissue location. Then, without removing the system from the patient, the distal end of the system is moved adjacent a second tissue location, and the process is repeated for a second fastener at the second tissue location. A suture extends between the first and second fasteners, and tension is applied to the suture to draw the first and second tissues toward each other to reconfigure the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Mitelberg, Charles Dean
  • Publication number: 20180214293
    Abstract: A gastric implant includes a distal sleeve portion configured to be disposed in a duodenum of a patient, and a pyloric restriction portion connected to a proximal end of the distal sleeve portion. The pyloric restriction portion is configured to be disposed in a pylorus of a patient. Also, the implant includes a proximal anchor portion connected to a proximal end of the pyloric restriction portion. The proximal anchor portion is configured to be disposed in a lower stomach of the patient. The proximal anchor portion has at least one eyelet for fastening to the stomach to secure the implant to the gastrointestinal tract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery US, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Dean, Donald K. Jones
  • Publication number: 20180135485
    Abstract: Selective catalytic reduction filter (SCRF) devices and systems incorporating the same are provided. Systems can include an exhaust gas source, an exhaust gas conduit capable of receiving an exhaust gas stream from the exhaust gas source, and an SCRF device in fluid communication therewith. The SCRF device can include a filter, a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst disposed on at least portion of the filter, and a NOx storage coating on at least a portion of the filter. The NOx storage coating can include one or more of palladium, barium, or cerium. The NOx storage coating can be biased towards the upstream side of the filter. The NOx storage coating can overlap a portion of the SCR catalyst. The system can further include a water-absorbing alkali oxide. The water-absorbing alkali oxide can be disposed within the SCRF device, the exhaust gas conduit, or in an upstream oxidation catalyst device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Rahul Mital, Gongshin Qi, Charles Dean, Charles Solbrig
  • Patent number: 9858605
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating a unique virtual item are disclosed. In some embodiments, an encoding specification for a unique virtual item is generated. One or more components of the encoding specification influence properties of the unique virtual item. The generating includes deriving a first set of the one or more components from a plurality of items of personalization information. One or more item characteristics for the unique virtual item are created from the encoding specification. The one or more item characteristics describe a unique feature set for the unique virtual item in terms customized for a type of a rendering client. The creating the one or more item characteristics further comprises selecting based on the one or more components the unique feature set from options offered by a rule set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Midnight Studios, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Dean Normann, Kevin Gene Normann, Omar Besim Hakim
  • Patent number: 9783271
    Abstract: A conversion seat for a marine vessel that converts from a lean post configuration to a seat configuration. In a stowed position, the seat is stored vertically exposing a cushion that can be used as a lean post. When a positive lock is released the seat is able to rotate, in some embodiments with an assist from a gas strut, two-hundred and seventy (270) degrees until the seat lands on a horizontal surface. When released, a backrest opens to a desired angle providing a comfortable seat or sun pad. To stow the seat for use as a lean post, the backrest is folded back down and then the seat is able to rotate back through the two-hundred and seventy (270) degrees to its vertical stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Whaler, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Dean Foss, Daniel Patrick Daily
  • Publication number: 20170119371
    Abstract: A suture needle system includes a first needle and at least one second needle. Each of the first and second needles preferably has a common needle body construct. The first needle includes an elongate suture having a length sufficient to extend at least the length of an instrument channel of an endoscope. The second needle includes an opening formed by a loop of suture at which the second needle can be advanced over the elongate suture. In use, the first needle is secured to a first tissue location using an endoscopic suturing system. A second needle is advanced at its opening over the elongate suture and secured to a second tissue location. Additional second needles may be advanced over the elongate suture to respective tissue locations. The elongate suture is pulled taut, drawing the second needles into proximity, and secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: John Mims, Charles Dean, Nicole Pinto, Mitchell Gilkey, Vladimir Mitelberg, Donald K. Jones
  • Patent number: 9617944
    Abstract: A method of controlling a concentration of hydrocarbons in exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine includes sensing an oxygen percentage of the flow of exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine and determining a concentration of hydrocarbons in the flow of exhaust gas. An engine control module may then adjust the sensed oxygen percentage of the exhaust gas based on the determined concentration of hydrocarbons in the flow of exhaust gas to define a corrected oxygen percentage. The control module may then control at least one of a hydrocarbon injection rate for in-cylinder combustion of the internal combustion engine, and a hydrocarbon injection rate for a post combustion exhaust gas treatment process, based on the corrected oxygen percentage, to control the concentration of hydrocarbons in the exhaust gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Charles Dean
  • Publication number: 20170030285
    Abstract: A method of controlling a concentration of hydrocarbons in exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine includes sensing an oxygen percentage of the flow of exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine and determining a concentration of hydrocarbons in the flow of exhaust gas. An engine control module may then adjust the sensed oxygen percentage of the exhaust gas based on the determined concentration of hydrocarbons in the flow of exhaust gas to define a corrected oxygen percentage. The control module may then control at least one of a hydrocarbon injection rate for in-cylinder combustion of the internal combustion engine, and a hydrocarbon injection rate for a post combustion exhaust gas treatment process, based on the corrected oxygen percentage, to control the concentration of hydrocarbons in the exhaust gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Charles Dean
  • Patent number: 9541010
    Abstract: An engine assembly includes a camshaft having an exhaust cam lobe defining an exhaust lift region and an exhaust base circle region and an EGR cam lobe defining an EGR lift region and an EGR base circle region. The EGR lift region is rotationally offset from the exhaust lift region and the EGR base circle region is rotationally aligned with the exhaust lift region. An exhaust valve lift mechanism is engaged with an exhaust valve, the exhaust cam lobe and the EGR cam lobe and is operable in first and second modes. The exhaust valve remains closed when the EGR lift region engages the exhaust valve lift mechanism during the second mode and the exhaust valve is opened when the EGR lift region engages the exhaust valve lift mechanism during the first mode to provide exhaust gas flow into the combustion chamber during an intake stroke of the combustion chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Manuel Angel Gonzalez Delgado, Charles Dean, Joseph J. Moon
  • Patent number: 9446434
    Abstract: Inspection apparatus comprises a feed system for delivering a stream of articles to an imaging zone. A camera generates image data from the stream at the imaging zone for processing by a computer. The computer comprises a pattern recognition system for identifying defects in areas from the image data, and for ranking identified defects. The pattern recognition system is programmed to operate according to multiple defect criteria. The computer is also coupled to a graphical user interface to display the areas identified from the image data as thumbnails on the interface arranged according to rank of the identified defects in the areas, in each of at least two defect criteria. The areas from the generated image data will normally be defined around each identified defect with the defect central therein. These areas, or thumbnails, can overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: BUHLER SORTEX LTD.
    Inventors: Gabriel Hamid, Charles Dean Mallah