Patents by Inventor Daniel R. Baker

Daniel R. Baker 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: 20200337852
    Abstract: A bone fusion device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together, such as, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises at least one extendable tab and one or more tab extension assemblies. Each tab extension assembly is able to be adjusted in order to individually control the extension or contraction of a side of the tab thereby enabling adjustment of the height and/or angle of the tab with respect to the body of the bone fusion device. Each tab extension assembly is able to be individually adjusted such that the side controlled by each assembly is raised or lowered until the desired tab angle is achieved. The tab is advantageously positioned and angled to correspond to the vertebrae to help brace the device until the bone has fused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Gary R. McLuen, Daniel R. Baker, Benjamin J. Remington
  • Publication number: 20200337862
    Abstract: A bone fusion method, system and device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together and/or in place of one or more of the bones, such as, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises one or more extendable tabs having a central rib. The bone fusion device includes one or more support channels configured to receive an insertion instrument that is then secured to the bone fusion device via a coupling mechanism. As a result, the coupled device is able to be securely positioned between vertebrae using the insertion instrument with minimal risk of slippage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel R. Baker, Gary R. McLuen, Daniel E. Gerbec, Steven E. Dietzel, Kreigh R. Williams, Gregory C. Stalcup, Troy D. Knapp, Joseph N. Logan, Benjamin J. Remington
  • Publication number: 20200315649
    Abstract: An endarterectomy device configured to remove plaque from an occluded artery is disclosed. The endarterectomy device uses an adjustable wire loop end effector to establish and advance a dissection plane in the subadventitial space of the artery. The endarterectomy device is passed down the length of an artery in the subadventitial plane, adjusting the size of the wire loop end effector as needed to navigate the artery and dissect a plaque column, until the end of the plaque is reached. The wire loop end effector is then used as a plaque cutter to transect the distal end of the plaque column. The endarterectomy device is further configured along its length with support arms that facilitate removal of the plaque column as the device is removed from the artery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Gregory Landry, Stevan Wittenbrock, Daniel R. Baker, Christopher John Jensen
  • Publication number: 20200253748
    Abstract: A bone fusion method, apparatus and device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together and/or in place of one or more of the bones, such as, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises one or more extendable plates having a central rib. The bone fusion device includes one or more support channels configured to receive an insertion instrument that is then secured to the bone fusion device via a coupling mechanism. As a result, the coupled device is able to be securely positioned between vertebrae using the insertion instrument with minimal risk of slippage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Gary R. McLuen, Benjamin J. Remington, Daniel R. Baker, Joseph N. Logan, Gregory C. Stalcup, Daniel E. Gerbec
  • Patent number: 10736754
    Abstract: A bone fusion method, apparatus and device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together and/or in place of one or more of the bones, such as, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises one or more extendable plates having a central rib. The bone fusion device includes one or more support channels configured to receive an insertion instrument that is then secured to the bone fusion device via a coupling mechanism. As a result, the coupled device is able to be securely positioned between vertebrae using the insertion instrument with minimal risk of slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Neuropro Spinal Jaxx, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. McLuen, Benjamin J. Remington, Daniel R. Baker, Joseph N. Logan, Gregory C. Stalcup, Daniel E. Gerbec
  • Patent number: 10729560
    Abstract: A bone fusion method, system and device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together and/or in place of one or more of the bones, such as, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises one or more extendable tabs having a central rib. The bone fusion device includes one or more support channels configured to receive an insertion instrument that is then secured to the bone fusion device via a coupling mechanism. As a result, the coupled device is able to be securely positioned between vertebrae using the insertion instrument with minimal risk of slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Neuropro Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Baker, Gary R. McLuen, Daniel E. Gerbec, Steven E. Dietzel, Kreigh R. Williams, Gregory C. Stalcup, Troy D. Knapp, Joseph N. Logan, Benjamin J. Remington
  • Publication number: 20200224738
    Abstract: A braking system for safely collecting brake dust produced by operation of a braking mechanism. The braking system comprises a collector apparatus coupled with a braking mechanism. The collector apparatus is able to include a shroud that surrounds the braking mechanism and a catch element coupled with the shroud for collecting brake dust exiting the shroud. As a result, when coupled with the braking mechanism, the collector apparatus is able to ensure that most or all brake dust, such as copper or other particles from the braking mechanism that break off from the breaking mechanism during operation of the braking mechanism, are removed from the braking mechanism and collected by the filter/catch of the collector mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Alex E. Kunzler, Peter C. Kunzler, Gary R. McLuen, Daniel R. Baker
  • Patent number: 10709574
    Abstract: A bone fusion device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together, such as, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises at least one extendable tab and one or more tab extension assemblies. Each tab extension assembly is able to be adjusted in order to individually control the extension or contraction of a side of the tab thereby enabling adjustment of the height and/or angle of the tab with respect to the body of the bone fusion device. Each tab extension assembly is able to be individually adjusted such that the side controlled by each assembly is raised or lowered until the desired tab angle is achieved. The tab is advantageously positioned and angled to correspond to the vertebrae to help brace the device until the bone has fused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Neuropro Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. McLuen, Daniel R. Baker, Benjamin J. Remington
  • Publication number: 20200188131
    Abstract: A bone fusion device provides stability to bones during a bone fusion period. The bones include, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises one or more extendable tabs attached to the bone fusion device by associated rotating means. The bone fusion device is preferably inserted by using an arthroscopic surgical procedure. During arthroscopic insertion of the device, the tabs are pre-configured for compactness. In this compact configuration, the tabs are preferably deposed along and/or within an exterior surface of the bone fusion device. After the bone fusion device has been positioned between the bones, one or more tab(s) are extended. In the preferred embodiment, the position of each tab is related to a positioning element and extending blocks. Typically, the tabs advantageously position and brace the bone fusion device in the confined space between the bones until the bones have fused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Gary R. McLuen, Benjamin J. Remington, Daniel R. Baker, Joseph N. Logan, Gregory C. Stalcup
  • Patent number: 10682240
    Abstract: A bone fusion device provides stability to bones during a bone fusion period. The bones include, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises one or more extendable tabs attached to the bone fusion device by associated rotating means. The bone fusion device is preferably inserted by using an arthroscopic surgical procedure. During arthroscopic insertion of the device, the tabs are pre-configured for compactness. In this compact configuration, the tabs are preferably deposed along and/or within an exterior surface of the bone fusion device. After the bone fusion device has been positioned between the bones, one or more tab(s) are extended. In the preferred embodiment, the position of each tab is related to a positioning element and extending blocks. Typically, the tabs advantageously position and brace the bone fusion device in the confined space between the bones until the bones have fused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Neuropro Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. McLuen, Benjamin J. Remington, Daniel R. Baker, Joseph N. Logan, Gregory C. Stalcup
  • Publication number: 20200185792
    Abstract: An electrical system includes a battery pack, sensors, and a controller. The sensors configured output measured state signals indicative of an actual state of the battery back, including a respective actual voltage, current, and temperature of each of the multiple battery cells. The controller executes a method to generate, responsive to the measured state signals, an estimated state of the multiple battery cells using a respective open-circuit voltage and low-frequency transient voltage of each of the multiple battery cells. The controller estimates the low-frequency transient voltages using a porous electrode transient (PET) model as part of a model set, the PET model having open-circuit voltage elements representing uneven charge distribution within a cell electrode. State of charge (SOC) of the battery pack is estimated using the estimated voltages. An operating state of the electrical system is controlled in real-time responsive to the estimated SOC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Charles W. Wampler, II, Daniel R. Baker
  • Publication number: 20200179132
    Abstract: A bodiless bone fusion method, apparatus and device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together and/or in place of one or more of the bones, such as, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bodiless bone fusion device comprises one or more extendable plates, one or more extending blocks in communication with the extendable plates, one or more positioning elements for adjusting the extendable plates by manipulating the extending blocks, and one or more support panels for holding the positioning elements and guiding the extendable plates. The plates are able to be advantageously positioned in the confined space between the vertebrae to help brace the device until the bone has fused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph N. Logan, Gary R. McLuen, Daniel R. Baker
  • Patent number: 10624094
    Abstract: Embodiments are described of devices and methods for processing a signal using a plurality of vector signal generators (VSGs). A digital signal may be provided to a plurality of signal paths, each of which may process a respective frequency band of the signal, the respective frequency bands having regions of overlap. The gain and phase of each signal path may be adjusted such that continuity of phase and magnitude are preserved through the regions of overlap. The adjustment of gain and phase may be accomplished by a complex multiply with a complex calibration constant. The calibration constant may be determined for each signal path by comparing the gain and phase of one or more calibration tones generated within each region of overlap. Each signal path may comprise a VSG to convert the respective signal to an analog signal, which may be combined to obtain a composite signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: National Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen L. Dark, Daniel J. Baker, Johnathan R. W. Ammerman
  • Patent number: 10605316
    Abstract: A braking system for safely collecting brake dust produced by operation of a braking mechanism. The braking system comprises a collector apparatus coupled with a braking mechanism. The collector apparatus is able to include a shroud that surrounds the braking mechanism and a catch element coupled with the shroud for collecting brake dust exiting the shroud. As a result, when coupled with the braking mechanism, the collector apparatus is able to ensure that most or all brake dust, such as copper or other particles from the braking mechanism that break off from the breaking mechanism during operation of the braking mechanism, are removed from the braking mechanism and collected by the filter/catch of the collector mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Peter C. Kunzler, Gary R. McLuen, Daniel R. Baker
  • Patent number: 10575966
    Abstract: A bodiless bone fusion method, apparatus and device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together and/or in place of one or more of the bones, such as, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bodiless bone fusion device comprises one or more extendable plates, one or more extending blocks in communication with the extendable plates, one or more positioning elements for adjusting the extendable plates by manipulating the extending blocks, and one or more support panels for holding the positioning elements and guiding the extendable plates. The plates are able to be advantageously positioned in the confined space between the vertebrae to help brace the device until the bone has fused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Neuropro Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph N. Logan, Gary R. McLuen, Daniel R. Baker
  • Publication number: 20190379090
    Abstract: During the charging of lithium-ion batteries, comprising graphite anode particles, the goal is to intercalate lithium into the anode materials as LiC6. But it is possible to conduct the charging process at a rate that lithium is undesirably plated, undetected, as lithium metal on the particles of graphite. During an open-circuit period of battery operation, immediately following such a charging period, the presence of lithium plating can be detected, using a computer-based monitoring system, by continually measuring the cell potential (Vcell) over a brief period of open-circuit time, fitting the open-circuit voltage data to a best cubic polynomial fit, and then determining dVcell/dt (mV/s) from the polynomial fit over a like period of time. It is found that the presence of a maximum or a minimum in the derivative curve (a local minimum) reliably correlates with plated lithium on the graphite particles of the anode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Mark W. Verbrugge, Charles W. Wampler, Daniel R. Baker, Raghunathan K, Brian J. Koch, Alfred Zhang
  • Patent number: 10420654
    Abstract: A bone fusion method, system and device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together in order to replace degenerated discs and/or bones, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device includes a frame and one or more extendable plates. The bone fusion device is able to be inserted between or replace the vertebrae by using a minimally invasive procedure wherein the dimensions and/or other characteristics of the bone fusion device are selectable based on the type of minimally invasive procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Neuropro Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph N. Logan, Gary R. McLuen, Daniel R. Baker, Benjamin J. Remington, Gregory C. Stalcup, Kreigh R. Williams
  • Patent number: 10418622
    Abstract: Disclosed are battery management systems with control logic for battery state estimation (BSE), methods for making/using/assembling a battery cell with a reference electrode, and electric drive vehicles equipped with a traction battery pack and BSE capabilities. In an example, a battery cell assembly includes a battery housing with an electrolyte composition stored within the battery housing. The electrolyte composition transports ions between working electrodes. A first working (anode) electrode is attached to the battery housing in electrochemical contact with the electrolyte composition. Likewise, a second working (cathode) electrode is attached to the battery housing in electrochemical contact with the electrolyte composition. A reference electrode is interposed between the first and second working electrodes, placed in electrochemical contact with the electrolyte composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Koch, Charles W. Wampler, Mark W. Verbrugge, Daniel R. Baker
  • Publication number: 20190231553
    Abstract: A bone fusion method, system and device for insertion between bones that are to be fused together in order to replace degenerated discs and/or bones, for example, the vertebrae of a spinal column. The bone fusion device comprises a frame and one or more extendable plates that are able to be angled, rotatable, adjustable, and have top profiles designed to correct and/or match the replaced discs/bones. The bone fusion device is able to be inserted between or replace the vertebrae by using a minimally invasive procedure wherein the dimensions and/or other characteristics of the bone fusion device are selectable based on the type of minimally invasive procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Gary R. McLuen, Benjamin J. Remington, Daniel R. Baker, Joseph N. Logan, Gregory C. Stalcup, Daniel E. Gerbec
  • Publication number: 20190192125
    Abstract: An anatomical sensing system-guided prostate procedure device that includes a housing having a proximal end and a distal end. The housing may be divided into a distal housing section, a mid housing section, and a proximal housing section, wherein the distal housing section is configured for insertion into the anus and retention in the rectum of a subject. The device further includes an instrument convergence point disposed between the proximal end and the distal end, the convergence point configured to allow an instrument pass though the instrument convergence point at a variable angle; and an instrument angle orienting system at the proximal end of the housing, the angle orienting system directing an orientation of the variable angle about the convergence point. Methods of the using an anatomical sensing system-guided prostate procedure device and system including the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: Oregon Health & Science University
    Inventors: Fergus Coakley, Stevan Wittenbrock, Forrest Seitz, Christopher J. Jensen, Daniel R. Baker