Patents by Inventor Craig R. Smith

Craig R. Smith 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).

  • Publication number: 20200314456
    Abstract: A television with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the television, the television is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The television is associated with a room and includes a processor, memory, tuner, panel, and audio drive disposed in an interconnected busing architecture. The television generates a default interactive portal as well as a guest-specific interactive portal, which is generated from a guest configuration profile having information including guest identification, a guest channel preference presentation, and a guest service preference presentation with guest account information. The guest configuration profile may also enable the creation of a local area wireless network with substantially the same behavior as the guest's home wireless network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas R. Miller, Vanessa Ogle, Charles Todd Hixon, Craig D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200305881
    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: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    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: 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: 10699520
    Abstract: A wagering game system and its operations are described herein. In some embodiments, the operations can include detecting that one or more wearable computers are within a proximity range to a wagering game machine. In some examples, the operations further include determining one or more characteristics associated with the one or more wearable computers in response to the detecting that the one or more wearable computers are within the proximity range to the wagering game machine. In some examples, the operations further include providing a feature associated with a wagering game based on the one or more characteristics of the one or more wearable computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Bytnar, Michael Vincent Dicillo, Patrick M. Gustafson, Jeremy Michael Hornik, Gary John Oswald, Richard Barry Robbins, Nickey C. Shin, Jesse M. Smith, Simon Edward Sunblade, Jamie W. Vann, Muthu Velu, Matthew J. Ward, Steven J. Zoloto, Dale Robert Buchholz, Mark B. Gagner, Craig Joe Sylla
  • Patent number: 10687613
    Abstract: The embodied invention is an enhanced rotary brush tool that provides important cleaning on porcelain surfaces that are stained by hard water deposits. The brush tool incorporates an outer holder that includes a motor connecting end, a tapered shaft, an outer cup and shroud. A fill epoxy bonds the outer holder together with an internal strengthening rod and an abrasive pad. The overall assembly provides significant compressive strength to allow an individual to utilize pressure when scrubbing off the water hardness buildup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Craig R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10687090
    Abstract: A television with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the television, the television is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The television is associated with a room and includes a processor, memory, tuner, panel, and audio drive disposed in an interconnected busing architecture. The television generates a default interactive portal as well as a guest-specific interactive portal, which is generated from a guest configuration profile having information including guest identification, a guest channel preference presentation, and a guest service preference presentation with guest account information. The guest configuration profile may also enable the creation of a local area wireless network with substantially the same behavior as the guest's home wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Miller, Vanessa Ogle, Charles Todd Hixon, Craig D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200014959
    Abstract: A set-top box with enhanced features and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the set-top box, the set-top box is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The set-top box generates a default interactive portal as well as a guest-specific interactive portal, which is generated from a guest configuration profile having information including guest identification, a guest channel preference presentation, and a guest service preference presentation with guest account information. The guest configuration profile may also enable the creation of a local area wireless network with substantially the same behavior as the guest's home wireless network. The guest configuration profile may further enable the control of in-room amenities, such as temperature control, lighting, shades, and availability, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas R. Miller, Vanessa Ogle, Charles T. Hixon, Craig D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200007898
    Abstract: A television with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the television, the television is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The television is associated with a room and includes a processor, memory, tuner, panel, and audio drive disposed in an interconnected busing architecture. The television generates a default interactive portal as well as a guest-specific interactive portal, which is generated from a guest configuration profile having information including guest identification, a guest channel preference presentation, and a guest service preference presentation with guest account information. The guest configuration profile may also enable the creation of a local area wireless network with substantially the same behavior as the guest's home wireless network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas R. Miller, Vanessa Ogle, Charles Todd Hixon, Craig D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190350616
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp assembly. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide operable to transmit ultrasonic vibrations to the blade. The clamp assembly includes a clamp arm pivotable toward and away from the blade about a pivot axis, to clamp tissue between the clamp arm and the blade. A rotation feature may provide rotation of the blade relative to the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis of the waveguide. Alternatively, the rotation feature may provide rotation of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the longitudinal axis. The rotation feature may be driven based on pivotal positioning of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the pivot axis. The rotation feature may selectively lock and unlock the angular position of either the blade or the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis at any of a number of predetermined angular positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Elizabeth DeBenedictis, William D. Kelly, Michael R. Lamping, Timothy G. Dietz, Patrick A. Weizman, Jacob S. Gee, John B. Schulte, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Douglas J. Turner, Eric B. Smith, Sean P. Conlon, Richard W. Timm, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Bertke
  • Patent number: 10470792
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp assembly. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide operable to transmit ultrasonic vibrations to the blade. The clamp assembly includes a clamp arm pivotable toward and away from the blade about a pivot axis, to clamp tissue between the clamp arm and the blade. A rotation feature may provide rotation of the blade relative to the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis of the waveguide. Alternatively, the rotation feature may provide rotation of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the longitudinal axis. The rotation feature may be driven based on pivotal positioning of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the pivot axis. The rotation feature may selectively lock and unlock the angular position of either the blade or the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis at any of a number of predetermined angular positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Elizabeth DeBenedictis, William D. Kelly, Michael R. Lamping, Timothy G. Dietz, Patrick A. Weizman, Jacob S. Gee, John B. Schulte, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Douglas J. Turner, Eric B. Smith, Sean P. Conlon, Richard W. Timm, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Bertke
  • Patent number: 10419782
    Abstract: A television with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the television, the television is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The television is associated with a room and includes a processor, memory, tuner, panel, and audio drive disposed in an interconnected busing architecture. The television generates a default interactive portal as well as a guest-specific interactive portal, which is generated from a guest configuration profile having information including guest identification, a guest channel preference presentation, and a guest service preference presentation with guest account information. The guest configuration profile may also enable the creation of a local area wireless network with substantially the same behavior as the guest's home wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Miller, Vanessa Ogle, Charles Todd Hixon, Craig D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10328567
    Abstract: A power tool motor is provided including a stator assembly and a rotor assembly rotatably disposed within the stator assembly. The stator assembly includes: a generally-cylindrical lamination stack having a stator ring and stator teeth extending radially inwardly towards a center bore arranged to receive the rotor assembly therein; an end insulator disposed at an and of the lamination stack and having an outer ring and teeth portions extending radially inwardly from the outer ring towards a center of the end insulator; and stator windings wound around the stator teeth and the teeth portion of the end insulator. A generally cylindrical seal member is disposed to interface with an end of the stator, which includes a mating surface having indents configured to mate with ends of the stator windings or ends of the teeth portion of the end insulator to substantially seal respective gaps therebetween from entry of workpiece particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Oktavec, David J. Smith, Jarrett A. Dunston, Andrew M. Palich, Michael R. Marjomaa, Kevin L. Pulley
  • Publication number: 20190167288
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument comprises a body, a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a pivoting member. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body. The ultrasonic blade is positioned distal to the shaft assembly. The pivoting member is pivotable with respect to the blade from an open position to a closed position to thereby clamp tissue between the pivoting member and the blade. One or both of the shaft assembly or the pivoting member comprise a guide feature. The guide feature is configured to provide lateral alignment of the distal portion of the pivoting member with the blade as the pivoting member is pivoted to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: John B. Schulte, Craig N. Faller, Eric B. Smith, Patrick J. Scoggins, JoAnn M. Stegeman, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, William D. Dannaher, Michael R. Lamping, Jacob S. Gee, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Brian D. Bertke
  • Patent number: 9650642
    Abstract: The invention provides novel compositions of matter for the production of ethanol from carbon dioxide and water. Particularly, the invention provides photoautotrophic organisms having a first and second genetic modification, wherein the first genetic modification improves the ethanol production from organisms having the second genetic modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Algenol Biotech LLC
    Inventors: R. Paul Woods, Craig R. Smith, Dan Kramer, Heike Enke, Ulf Duhring, Kerstin Baier, Marianne Grundel, Wolfgang Lockau, Karl Ziegler, Christine Oesterhelt, John Coleman
  • Publication number: 20160324305
    Abstract: The embodied invention is an enhanced rotary brush tool that provides important cleaning on porcelain surfaces that are stained by hard water deposits. The brush tool incorporates an outer holder that includes a motor connecting end, a tapered shaft, an outer cup and shroud. A fill epoxy bonds the outer holder together with an internal strengthening rod and an abrasive pad. The overall assembly provides significant compressive strength to allow an individual to utilize pressure when scrubbing off the water hardness buildup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventor: Craig R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20100297736
    Abstract: The invention provides genetically modified photoautotrophic ethanol producing host cells. Ethanol production is controlled by an inducible promoter. Promoters utilized may be endogenous or heterologous, and genetic modification may be obtained by extrachromosomal means or chromosomal insertion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: ALGENOL BIOFUELS, INC.
    Inventors: ULF DUHRING, HEIKE ENKE, DAN KRAMER, CRAIG R. SMITH, R. PAUL WOODS, KERSTIN BAIER, CHRISTINE OESTERHELT
  • Publication number: 20100068776
    Abstract: The invention provides novel compositions of matter for the production of ethanol from carbon dioxide and water. Particularly, the invention provides photoautotrophic organisms having a first and second genetic modification, wherein the first genetic modification improves the ethanol production from organisms having the second genetic modification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: R. Paul Woods, Craig R. Smith, Dan Kramer, Heike Enke, Kerstin Baier, Ulf Duhring, Karl Ziegler, Wolfgang Lockau, Marianne Grundel, John Coleman, Christine Oesterhelt
  • Patent number: 6533773
    Abstract: Myocardial revascularization is performed by an apparatus and method which forms channels in the myocardium from inside the ventricular cavity without penetrating the full thickness of the ventricular wall. A catheter has a fiber optic connected at its handling end to a laser, and terminates at the insertable end of the catheter. A servomotor controls the advancing of the fiber to stop positions relative to the catheter. At each stop position another channel is created. An aiming beam aids in directing the channel forming fiber end to different desired channel positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Valluvan Jeevanandam, Craig R. Smith
  • Patent number: 6374747
    Abstract: A sound abatement method includes applying a sound abating material to at least one area of at least one component of the moving trolley. A sound abatement conveyor trolley includes a trolley body having at least one wheel for traveling in a track and one or more component cooperatively associated with the trolley body, which the components each include a sound abating material applied to the area for sound abatement. An element used in a conveyor trolley includes at least one area and a sound abating material applied to the area for sound abatement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Jervis B. Webb Company
    Inventors: Deepak Devnani, Christopher M. Ariss, Craig R. Smith
  • Patent number: D803653
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Craig R. Smith