Patents by Inventor Doug Smith

Doug 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: 20090199567
    Abstract: An air turbine starter for starting an engine includes a housing, and a flow path communicating a flow of gas therethrough; a turbine member; a clutch; and a decoupler device at least partially housed within the output member of the clutch. The decoupler device includes a first shaft portion coupled to and rotating with the output member and a second shaft portion coupled to and rotating with the engine. The first and second shaft portions are axially aligned and configured to engage each another for rotation in a first direction and to separate from each other in a second direction to decouple the output member of the clutch from the engine. The starter further includes a bearing between the inner surface of the output member and the second shaft portion for reducing friction between the second shaft portion and the inner surface of the output member when the first and second shaft portions are decoupled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Rich Gockel, David Oman, Arun Kumar, Doug Smith, Joe Silk, Ben Ho
  • Publication number: 20090197975
    Abstract: This application relates to a composition comprising a mixture of different organic solvents formulated for controlled drug release. The release profile of the drug can be regulated by adjusting the compositional ratios of the solvents. In one embodiment of the invention a first solvent is water-soluble and a second solvent is water-insoluble. The first and second solvents are miscible and together form a solution containing the drug. The hydrophobicity of the composition can be adjusted by altering the relative amount of the second solvent. The composition also includes a solid lipid dissolved in the drug-containing solution. In aqueous environments the lipid may precipitate to form a thin membrane in an outer surface portion of the composition, thereby further regulating the release of the drug. The membrane is preferably renewable. That is, as the outermost portion of the lipid is biodegraded at a target location in vivo, additional outer portions of the lipid precipitate to renew the thin membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: MIV Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Mao-Jung Maurice Lien, Dean-mo Liu, Doug Smith, Arc Rajtar
  • Publication number: 20090170620
    Abstract: A golf course marker comprising of at least one extendable member made of multiple telescoping sections capable of existing in a fully contracted configuration under ground or a fully extended configuration above the ground, and housed in an underground container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Doug Smith
  • Publication number: 20090132030
    Abstract: This application relates to a method of modifying the surface of a metal substrate to improve the surface coverage of a coating applied to the substrate. The method comprises heating at least the surface of the substrate to a temperature within the range of approximately 175-400° C.; and applying at least one layer of the coating to the substrate. In one particular embodiment the substrate is heated to a temperature within the range of 200-350° C. The low temperature heating enhances the hydrophilicity of the metal substrate while avoiding the disadvantages of high temperature thermal oxidation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: MIV Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Mao-Jung Maurice Lien, Doug Smith, Arc Rajtar
  • Publication number: 20080208296
    Abstract: Exercise by a person coupled with illuminating cellulite-containing tissue of a person with light produced by a semi-conductor light source reduces cellulite in such tissue. Methods and systems for reducing cellulite may employ light from a light source comprising a semi-conductor material coupled with exercise equipment. Clothing may be provided that incorporates the light source. Clothing may alternatively have increased transmissiveness in areas adjacent to cellulite-containing tissue. A light activating composition may increase the effectiveness of cellulite reduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Gary H. Smith, Doug Smith, Scot N. Andersen
  • Publication number: 20080201217
    Abstract: A method for providing a value estimate and facilitating the trade-in of used golf equipment is described. The method includes the steps of providing an online database of value estimates for at least one product and offering payment at least equal to the value estimate for said product. The methods of payment can be cash or a gift certificate that can be used at authorized on-line or retail stores. The value estimates can be based on current market data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Leigh Bader, Doug Smith, Alex Choi, Steve Scianna, Edward D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20080175825
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fluid exchange cell culture technique and tissue repair cells (TRCs) made by these methods, as well as methods using these cells. The method includes a new wash step which increases the tissue repair properties of the TRCs of the invention. This wash step allows for the production of TRC populations with greater tissue repair and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Embodiments of the present invention include a post-culture process for cultured cells that preferably includes the steps of: a wash process for removing unwanted residual culture components, a volume reduction process, and a harvesting process to remove cultured cells. Preferably, all these steps are performed within a aseptically closed cell culture chamber by implementing a separation method that minimizes mechanical disruption of the cells and is simple to automate. The harvested cells may then be concentrated to a final volume for the intended use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Brian Hampson, Kristin Goltry, Doug Smith, Jonathan A. Rowley, Naia Venturi
  • Publication number: 20070226038
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a business process meta-model is defined that represents a business process. The business process meta-model includes control flow elements pertaining to a control flow of the business process, and annotation elements providing details for the control flow elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Manoj Das, John Liang, Peter Lim, Emanuel Noik, Doug Smith, Rahim Yaseen
  • Publication number: 20070226022
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for refining a business process model includes receiving business process data pertaining to a first phase of a business process definition from a first class of users, creating a model of a business process using the business process data received from the first class of users, receiving business process data pertaining to a second phase of the business process definition from a second class of users, and augmenting the model of the business process based on the business process data received from the second class of users. The method further includes iteratively refining the model of the business process in response to input provided by the first class of users and/or the second class of users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Manoj Das, John Liang, Peter Lim, Emanuel Noik, Doug Smith, Rahim Yaseen
  • Publication number: 20070226023
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for providing multiple views of a business process definition includes storing a model of a business process, and providing different view points of the model to different classes of users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Manoi Das, John Liang, Peter Lim, Emanuel Noik, Doug Smith, Rahim Yaseen
  • Patent number: 7261611
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aquatic toy device that is particularly adapted for skipping upon and across the irregular surface of a body of water. The aquatic surface skipping toy device may be used for recreation, sports, or exercise either by an individual or a group of individuals. The toy device includes a buoyant body having a generally planar bottom surface and a pair of outwardly and forward mounted sponsons constructed and arranged to convert forward motion into hydrodynamic lift to raise the bottom surface of the toy device into a position above the surface of the water. As the bottom surface is extended above the surface of the water the air is channeled between the lower surface of the toy device and the upper surface of the water. Allowing the toy device to glide predominately on a thin layer of air with the sponsons alternatingly skipping across the surface of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Inventors: George I Smith, Doug Smith
  • Publication number: 20070180617
    Abstract: A patient support including a frame, a mattress supported by the frame, and a set of siderails configured to block egress of a patient from the patient support. The siderails are configured to reduce gaps defined between the siderails and the other components of the patient support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventors: Kenneth Kramer, Robert Fussner, Jackie Robertson, Gregory Branson, Brian Wiggins, Doug Smith, John Biondo, Kendra Doyle, Richard Stacy, Michael Bolden, Reza Hakamiun, Clement Koerber, Michael Gosmeyer, Jame Gilbert, Donald Mobley, Dennis Flessate, David Ulrich, Jeffrey Welling, Gary Ferdon, Virgil Niese, Benjamin Salvatini, Patrick Minnelli, David Hornbach
  • Publication number: 20070158921
    Abstract: A patient support including a traction device for powered movement of the patient support. The traction device includes a storage position and a use position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Publication date: July 12, 2007
    Inventors: John Vogel, Thomas Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph Kummer, Michael Frondorf, David Lubbers, Ronald Kappeler, Bradley Wilson, Darrell Metz, Doug Smith, Jeffrey Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry Stratman, Eric Oberhaus
  • Publication number: 20070031504
    Abstract: This application relates to a microdevice for delivering drugs to a target location. The microdevice comprises a plurality of nanocapsules assembled together, each having an outer hydrophobic shell and an inner liquid core contained within the shell. At least one drug is dissolved within the inner liquid core. The liquid core comprises a mixture of solvents including at least one solvent for maintaining the hydrophilicity of the inner core (and hence the phase difference between the polymeric shell and the liquid core) and at least one second solvent for enhancing the solubility and bioavailability of the drug. For example, the second solvent may be selected to enable a hydrophobic drug to dissolve within the hydrophilic inner core environment. The inner core may also include a small amount of water-soluble polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Publication date: February 8, 2007
    Applicant: MIV Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Mao-Jung Lien, Doug Smith, Arc Rajtar, Dean-Mo Liu
  • Publication number: 20060275341
    Abstract: This application relates to a thin foam coating comprising discrete, closed-cell capsules. The coating may be applied to an implantable medical device, such as a stent. The closed-cell capsules each having an outer polymeric shell and an inner liquid core containing the drug. The polymeric shells degrade in vivo to achieve controlled elution of the drug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Applicant: MIV Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Dean-Mo Liu, Mao-Jung Lien, Doug Smith
  • Publication number: 20060134211
    Abstract: This application relates to a multi-layer drug delivery device and a method of manufacture. The device comprises a substrate; at least one first layer on the substrate containing the drug and a first solvent; and at least one second layer applied to the first layer to regulate release of the drug from the first layer, wherein the second layer comprises a polymer. The first solvent substantially prevents direct contact between the drug and the polymer. When applied to the first layer, the polymer is preferably dissolved in a second solvent which is immiscible with the first solvent to substantially prevent inter-diffusion between the first and second layers. In one application the substrate is a medical device, such as an implantable stent, having a biocompatible outer surface. The second layer is preferably biodegradable, bioabsorbable and/or bioresolvable in vivo to permit gradual exposure of the first layer and elution of the drug therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Applicant: MIV Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Mao-Jung Lien, Doug Smith, Dean-Mo Liu
  • Publication number: 20050236193
    Abstract: A patient support including a propulsion device for moving the patient support. The patient support includes a propulsion system having a propulsion device operably coupled to an input system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Publication date: October 27, 2005
    Inventors: John Vogel, Thomas Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph Kummer, Michael Frondorf, David Lubbers, Ronald Kappeler, Bradley Wilson, Darrell Metz, Doug Smith, Jeffrey Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry Stratman, Eric Oberhaus
  • Publication number: 20050199430
    Abstract: A patient support including a propulsion device for moving the patient support. The patient support includes a propulsion system having a propulsion device operably coupled to an input system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Publication date: September 15, 2005
    Inventors: John Vogel, Thomas Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph Kummer, Michael Frondorf, David Lubbers, Ronald Kappeler, Bradley Wilson, Darrell Metz, Doug Smith, Jeffrey Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry Stratman, Eric Oberhaus
  • Patent number: D558897
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Doug Smith
  • Patent number: D558898
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Doug Smith