Patents by Inventor David J. Black

David J. Black 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: 20210000590
    Abstract: This disclosure features artificial tympanic membrane graft devices and two-component bilayer graft devices that include a scaffold having a plurality of ribs made of a first material and a plurality of spaces between the ribs filled or made with the first material, a different, second material, a combination of the first and a second materials, or a combination of a second material and one or more other different materials. The bilayer graft devices have two components or layers. One component, e.g., the underlay graft device, can include a projection, and the second component, e.g., the overlay graft device, can include an opening that corresponds to the projection (or vice versa) so that the opening and the projection can secure the two layers together in a “lock and key” manner. This disclosure also features methods of making, using, and implanting the three-dimensional artificial tympanic membrane and bilayer graft devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Aaron K. Remenschneider, Elliott Kozin, Nicole Leah Black, Michael J. McKenna, Daniel J. Lee, Jennifer A. Lewis, John Rosowski, David B. Kolesky, Mark A. Skylar-Scott, Alexander D. Valentine
  • Publication number: 20200404961
    Abstract: A melt-blown fabric for pouching smokeless tobacco or a smokeless tobacco substitute can include melt-blown polymer fibers. The fabric can have a basis weight of less than 30 gsm and a tensile strength of at least 4mJ in at least one predetermined direction. Method of making the fabric can include melt-blowing a polymeric material against a support surface and bonding the fibers or arranging them in a predetermined orientation. Pouched smokeless tobacco or tobacco substitute products including the fabrics provided herein can provide desirable flavor and tactile experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan CARROLL, Shannon Maxwell BLACK, Yan Helen SUN, William J. BURKE, Christopher Joseph DINOVI, David PHILLIPS, Jason Andrew MACKO, Robert SMITH
  • Patent number: 10850862
    Abstract: An example indication system for use with a refueling system including a hose for supplying fuel from a tanker aircraft to a receiver aircraft and a refueling coupler coupled to an end of the hose is described. The indication system includes a first transceiver located at the refueling coupler and configured to receive refueling information from a second transceiver located at the tanker aircraft, a plurality of light sources located at the refueling coupler, and a processor in communication with the first transceiver to receive the refueling information, and in communication with the plurality of light sources to operate the plurality of light sources based on the refueling information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David J. Black, Roger K. Dang
  • Patent number: 10813382
    Abstract: A melt-blown fabric for pouching smokeless tobacco or a smokeless tobacco substitute can include melt-blown polymer fibers. The fabric can have a basis weight of less than 30 gsm and a tensile strength of at least 4 mJ in at least one predetermined direction. Method of making the fabric can include melt-blowing a polymeric material against a support surface and bonding the fibers or arranging them in a predetermined orientation. Pouched smokeless tobacco or tobacco substitute products including the fabrics provided herein can provide desirable flavor and tactile experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll, Shannon Maxwell Black, Yan Helen Sun, William J. Burke, Christopher Joseph Dinovi, David Phillips, Jason Andrew Macko, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 10765142
    Abstract: A melt-blown fabric for pouching smokeless tobacco or a smokeless tobacco substitute can include melt-blown polymer fibers. The fabric can have a basis weight of less than 30 gsm and a tensile strength of at least 4 mJ in at least one predetermined direction. Method of making the fabric can include melt-blowing a polymeric material against a support surface and bonding the fibers or arranging them in a predetermined orientation. Pouched smokeless tobacco or tobacco substitute products including the fabrics provided herein can provide desirable flavor and tactile experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll, Shannon Maxwell Black, Yan Helen Sun, William J. Burke, Christopher Joseph DiNovi, David Phillips, Jason Andrew Macko, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 10655570
    Abstract: An evaporative emissions (EVAP) system and its method of control comprise commanding a three-way valve to fluidly connect an auxiliary vapor canister and a bottom portion of a fuel tank, controlling at least one of an engine of the vehicle and a purge pump of the EVAP system disposed between the engine, a separate primary vapor canister, and the auxiliary vapor canister to draws fuel vapor from the fuel tank into the auxiliary vapor canister for storage, commanding the three-way valve to fluidly connect the bottom portion of the fuel tank to an atmosphere outside of the EVAP system to generate additional fuel vapor in the fuel tank, commanding the three-way valve to fluidly connect the auxiliary vapor canister to the atmosphere, and controlling at least one of the engine and the purge pump to draw the fuel vapor from the auxiliary vapor canister into the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Roger C Sager, Nithin Baradwaj, Joseph M, Matthew M Delleree, Gregg T Black, Jennifer Bartaszewicz, James J Daley, David R Pedro, Ruoming Gu, Edward E Baker
  • Publication number: 20200048712
    Abstract: The invention provides computer assisted methods for selecting an antidepressant medication for a patient. The methods utilize a combination genotype comprising at least three genes to guide medication selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: David A. Mrazek, Dennis J. O'Kane, John L. Black
  • Publication number: 20190329916
    Abstract: Methods for encasing bodies including smokeless tobacco or a tobacco substitute with a polymeric casing can include coating a compressed body with microfibers, applying tubular casings to compressed bodies, printing netting and webs on compressed bodies, injection molding around compressed bodies, applying a webbing to compressed bodies, placing compressed bodies into a skin forming bath, and including thermoplastic polymers in a compressed body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan CARROLL, Shannon Maxwell Black, Yan Helen Sun, William J. Burke, Christopher Joseph Dinovi, David Phillips, Jason Andrew Macko, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 10446903
    Abstract: Surface scattering antennas on curved manifolds provide adjustable radiation fields by adjustably coupling scattering elements along a wave-propagating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Black, Pai-Yen Chen, Brian Mark Deutsch, Tom Driscoll, Siamak Ebadi, John Desmond Hunt, Alexander Remley Katko, Nathan Ingle Landy, Melroy Machado, Milton Perque, Jr., David R. Smith, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov
  • Publication number: 20190292809
    Abstract: A modular system of fencing components that can simulate the appearance and texture of traditional fencing materials is provided having novel connection and support components and systems to accommodate for thermal expansion while remaining strong, lightweight, easy to install and repair, and cost effective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Ted W. Nelson, David J. Black
  • Publication number: 20190272660
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for providing information to a pilot of a receiver aircraft during a refueling operation are described. The refueling operation includes a tanker aircraft with a hose for supplying fuel to the receiver aircraft and a refueling coupler coupled to an end of the hose. One example method includes, receiving at a first transceiver located at the receiver aircraft refueling information from a second transceiver located at the tanker aircraft, receiving from a vision system located at the receiver aircraft image information indicative of the hose and the refueling coupler, and displaying, on a head up display (HUD) of the pilot of the receiver aircraft a visual representation of one or more of the refueling information and the image information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: David J. Black, Roger K. Dang, Mark S. Malone
  • Patent number: 10384816
    Abstract: Methods for encasing bodies including smokeless tobacco or a tobacco substitute with a polymeric casing can include coating a compressed body with microfibers, applying tubular casings to compressed bodies, printing netting and webs on compressed bodies, injection molding around compressed bodies, applying a webbing to compressed bodies, placing compressed bodies into a skin forming bath, and including thermoplastic polymers in a compressed body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan Carroll, Shannon Maxwell Black, Yan Helen Sun, William J. Burke, Christopher Joseph DiNovi, David Phillips, Jason Andrew Macko, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 10375313
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to displaying visual effects in image data. In some examples, visual effects include an avatar displayed on a user's face. In some examples, visual effects include stickers applied to image data. In some examples, visual effects include screen effects. In some examples, visual effects are modified based on depth data in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Jessica Aboukasm, David R. Black, Robert Chinn, Gregory L. Dudey, Katherine K. Ernst, Grant Paul, William A. Sorrentino, III, Brian E. Walsh, Jean-Francois Albouze, Jae Woo Chang, Aurelio Guzman, Christopher J. Moulios, Joanna M. Newman, Nicolas Scapel, Joseph-Alexander P. Weil, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: 10357601
    Abstract: A hemodialysis catheter is disclosed for deploying in an artery or vein, comprising various means for disrupting, mechanically and/or chemo-mechanically, a fibrous sheath forming naturally outside of the catheter; optionally the disrupted fibrin sheath and/or thrombus is captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: CHRYSALIS MEDICAL, INC., BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
    Inventors: Maurino G. Flora, David L. Black, Celso J. Bagaoisan, Suresh Subraya Pai, Marius C. Florescu
  • Publication number: 20190216493
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and an articulation drive assembly. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The acoustic waveguide comprises a flexible portion. The articulation section is coupled with the shaft. A portion of the articulation section encompasses the flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation section comprises a plurality of body portions aligned along the longitudinal axis and a flexible locking member. The flexible locking member is operable to secure the body portions in relation to each other and in relation to the shaft. The end effector comprises an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section to thereby deflect the end effector from the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Benjamin J. Danziger, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Brian D. Black, Cara L. Shapiro, Charles J. Scheib, Craig N. Faller, Daniel J. Mumaw, David J. Cagle, David T. Martin, David A. Monroe, Disha V. Labhasetwar, Foster B. Stulen, Frederick L. Estera, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Gregory W. Johnson, Jacob S. Gee, Jason R. Sullivan, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Jeffrey S. Swayze, John A. Hibner, John B. Schulte, Joseph E. Hollo, Kristen G. Denzinger, Kristen L. D'Uva, Matthew C. Miller, Michael R. Lamping, Richard W. Timm, Rudolph H. Nobis, Ryan M. Asher, Stephen M. Leuck, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, William B. Weisenburgh, II, William A. Olson
  • Publication number: 20190201036
    Abstract: A generator, ultrasonic device, and method of determining a temperature of an ultrasonic blade are disclosed. A control circuit coupled to a memory determines an actual resonant frequency of an ultrasonic electromechanical system comprising an ultrasonic transducer coupled to an ultrasonic blade by an ultrasonic waveguide. The actual resonant frequency is correlated to an actual temperature of the ultrasonic blade. The control circuit retrieves from the memory a reference resonant frequency of the ultrasonic electromechanical system. The reference resonant frequency is correlated to a reference temperature of the ultrasonic blade. The control circuit then infers the temperature of the ultrasonic blade based on the difference between the actual resonant frequency and the reference resonant frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Cameron R. Nott, Fergus P. Quigley, Amrita Singh Sawhney, Stephen M. Leuck, Brian D. Black, Eric M. Roberson, Patrick J. Scoggins, Craig N. Faller, Madeleine C. Jayme, Jacob S. Gee, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates
  • Publication number: 20190201046
    Abstract: A method for controlling an operation of an ultrasonic blade of an ultrasonic electromechanical system is disclosed. The method includes providing an ultrasonic electromechanical system comprising an ultrasonic transducer coupled to an ultrasonic blade via an ultrasonic waveguide; applying, by an energy source, a power level to the ultrasonic transducer; determining, by a control circuit coupled to a memory, a mechanical property of the ultrasonic electromechanical system; comparing, by the control circuit, the mechanical property with a reference mechanical property stored in the memory; and adjusting, by the control circuit, the power level applied to the ultrasonic transducer based on the comparison of the mechanical property with the reference mechanical property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Kevin L. Houser, Foster B. Stulen, John E. Brady, Gregory A. Trees, Patrick J. Scoggins, Madeleine C. Jayme, Kristen G. Denzinger, Cameron R. Nott, Craig N. Faller, Amrita S. Sawhney, Eric M. Roberson, Stephen M. Leuck, Brian D. Black, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Fergus P. Quigley, Tamara Widenhouse
  • Publication number: 20190201073
    Abstract: Various aspects of a generator, ultrasonic device, and method for estimating a state of an end effector of an ultrasonic device are disclosed. The ultrasonic device includes an electromechanical ultrasonic system defined by a predetermined resonant frequency, including an ultrasonic transducer coupled to an ultrasonic blade. A control circuit measures a complex impedance of an ultrasonic transducer, wherein the complex impedance is defined as Z g ? ( t ) = V g ? ( t ) I g ? ( t ) . The control circuit receives a complex impedance measurement data point and compares the complex impedance measurement data point to a data point in a reference complex impedance characteristic pattern. The control circuit then classifies the complex impedance measurement data point based on a result of the comparison analysis and assigns a state or condition of the end effector based on the result of the comparison analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Cameron R. Nott, Foster B. Stulen, Fergus P. Quigley, John E. Brady, Gregory A. Trees, Amrita Singh Sawhney, Rafael J. Ruiz Ortiz, Patrick J. Scoggins, Kristen G. Denzinger, Craig N. Faller, Madeleine C. Jayme, Alexander R. Cuti, Matthew S. Schneider, Chad P. Boudreaux, Brian D. Black, Maxwell Rockman, Gregory D. Bishop, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, David C. Yates
  • Publication number: 20190201038
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for determining the composition of tissue via an ultrasonic surgical instrument are disclosed. A control circuit can be configured to monitor the change in resonant frequency of an ultrasonic electromechanical system of the ultrasonic surgical instrument as the ultrasonic blade oscillates against a tissue and determine the composition of the tissue accordingly. In some aspects, the control circuit can be configured to modify the operation of the ultrasonic electromechanical system or other operational parameters of the ultrasonic surgical instrument according to the detected tissue composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Jason L. Harris, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Kevin L. Houser, John E. Brady, Gregory A. Trees, Patrick J. Scoggins, Madeleine C. Jayme, Kristen G. Denzinger, Cameron R. Nott, Craig N. Faller, Amrita S. Sawhney, Eric M. Roberson, Stephen M. Leuck, Brian D. Black
  • Patent number: 10332294
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for providing information to a pilot of a receiver aircraft during a refueling operation are described. The refueling operation includes a tanker aircraft with a hose for supplying fuel to the receiver aircraft and a refueling coupler coupled to an end of the hose. One example method includes, receiving at a first transceiver located at the receiver aircraft refueling information from a second transceiver located at the tanker aircraft, receiving from a vision system located at the receiver aircraft image information indicative of the hose and the refueling coupler, and displaying, on a head up display (HUD) of the pilot of the receiver aircraft a visual representation of one or more of the refueling information and the image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David J. Black, Roger K. Dang, Mark S. Malone