Patents by Inventor Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor 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: 9931117
    Abstract: A surgical stapling instrument includes a tool assembly configured to eject staples. The tool assembly has a cartridge assembly and an anvil assembly movable relative to each other. The cartridge assembly and the anvil assembly are configured to move between open and closed positions. The surgical stapling instrument further includes at least one transducer disposed in at least one of the cartridge assembly and the anvil assembly. The transducers are adapted to effect vibrations to enhance stapling. In one embodiment, wires connect the transducers to a power generator. The power generator supplies energy to the transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Peter Hathaway, Eric Taylor, Kenneth Blier
  • Patent number: 9907550
    Abstract: An end effector assembly for a surgical stitching device is provided. The end effector assembly includes an end effector, a housing, and a needle. The end effector includes a first jaw member and a second jaw member. The housing is movable relative to the end effector. The needle is releasably coupled to the housing and movable relative to the housing between a first, insertion position and a second deployed position. The needle is adapted, when in the second, deployed position, to releasably couple to one or both of the first jaw member and the second jaw member of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kevin Sniffin, Mark Russo, Gregory Fischvogt, Russell Pribanic, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 9901371
    Abstract: A surgical access port and method for achieving articulation is disclosed, the surgical access port including a housing, at least one lumen extending through the housing, and an articulation structure. The housing comprises an access member having a proximal end and a distal end, and defines a longitudinal axis. The lumen in the housing extends from the proximal to the distal end of the access member along the longitudinal axis. The articulation structure comprises a first tubular member and a second tubular member, the second tubular member hingably attached to the first tubular member, and an articulation element slidably attached to the first tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gennady Kleyman, Eric Taylor
  • Publication number: 20180007962
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aerosol delivery device that includes a reservoir housing that defines a mouthpiece channel. The aerosol delivery device includes a sealing member configured to be received within the reservoir housing to define a reservoir chamber configured to retain an aerosol precursor composition therein. The aerosol delivery device also includes a substrate member that is configured to be received within the reservoir housing and to be directly engaged with a vaporizing assembly for forming an aerosol. The reservoir housing, sealing member, substrate member, and/or vaporizing assembly can be used for forming aerosols with precise and reproducible compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Taylor Hunt, Timothy Brian Nestor, Paul Andrew Brinkley, Stephen Benson Sears, John DePiano, Matthew C. Ebbs, Kristen Dodds Weight, Michael F. Davis
  • Patent number: 9848879
    Abstract: A wound closure system includes a suture member and a suture grasper. The suture member includes a suture and a retention member engaged to an end of the suture. The retention member is at least partially flexible and defines a central opening. The suture grasper includes a needle defining a distal portion configured for insertion through the central opening of the retention member to retrieve the retention member from an internal surgical site. The distal portion of the needle defines a distally-facing feature configured to at least partially flex the retention member upon insertion of the distal portion into the central opening to permit passage of the distal portion therethrough and a proximally-facing feature configured to inhibit proximal withdrawal of the distal portion through the central opening of the retention member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Scott J. Prior, Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Justin Williams, Emily Davis, Eric Taylor
  • Publication number: 20170346100
    Abstract: A battery grid is disclosed. The battery grid includes a pattern of grid wires. The pattern includes a grid wire having a first segment with a first corrosion resistance and a second segment with a second corrosion resistance which is less than the first corrosion resistance. The second segment corrodes at a rate which is faster than the corrosion rate of the first segment so as to dynamically release internal stress and control grid growth of the battery grid during its service life. A battery includes said grid and a method of forming said grid are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: M. Eric Taylor, Jianxun Hu, Glenn W. Andersen, Joseph F. Mathews, Bart William Sauer, James S. Symanski, Feng Xue, Mohamadkheir Alkhateeb
  • Patent number: 9817554
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for centralized access to multimedia content stored on or available to a computing device are disclosed. The centralized access can be provided by a media control interface that receives user inputs and interacts with media programs resident on the computing device to produce graphical user interfaces that can be presented on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, Thomas Michael Madden, Scott J. Forstall, Duncan Robert Kerr, Nicholas V. King, Stephen O. Lemay, Richard W. Fabrick, II, Bas Ording, Eric Taylor Seymour, Marcel van Os
  • Publication number: 20170303904
    Abstract: A surgical system is provided including a reusable handle assembly having a controller and a reusable cannula assembly configured to be operatively connected to and steerable by the reusable handle assembly. The surgical system also includes a rail mechanism configured to cooperate with a port inserted through an incision, the rail mechanism mechanically attached to a stable platform. A plurality of surgical instruments are configured to be inserted through the reusable handle assembly and configured to advance a length of the reusable cannula assembly, such that the plurality of surgical instruments are engaged with at least one trigger mechanism of the reusable handle assembly. The handle assembly, the cannula assembly, and the plurality of surgical instruments are modular components configured to be releasably coupled to each other. The reusable cannula assembly slidably engages the rail mechanism to extend through the port and into the incision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Kevin Sniffin, Eric Taylor, Emily Davis, Peter Hathaway
  • Publication number: 20170296279
    Abstract: A surgical system includes one or more arms defining a passageway therethrough. The arm includes a proximal portion configured for positioning externally of a patient's body and a distal portion configured for positioning within an internal body cavity. The distal portion includes first and second articulatable segments spaced apart from one another and capable of independent articulation between a substantially straight configuration and an articulated configuration. A first articulation assembly is coupled to the proximal portion of the one arm and is transitionable between a first state and a second state for articulating the first articulatable segment between the substantially straight configuration and the articulated configuration. A second articulation assembly is coupled to the proximal portion of the arm and is configured to move between a plurality of positions for articulating the second articulatable segment between the substantially straight configuration and the articulated configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Eric Taylor, Gennady Kleyman
  • Publication number: 20170280225
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display is paired with a set of wireless audio output devices, including a first wireless audio output device for outputting audio to a right ear of a user and a second wireless audio output device for outputting audio to a left ear of the user. In response to a request to display status information about the set of wireless audio output devices, the electronic device displays a status user interface, including concurrently displaying a first battery status indicator for the first wireless audio output device with an indication that battery status indicator relates to the device for outputting audio to the right ear of the user and a second battery status indicator for the second wireless audio output device with an indication that battery status indicator relates to the device for outputting audio to the left ear of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Fleizach, Edwin W. Foo, Ian M. Fisch, Eric Taylor Seymour
  • Patent number: 9761883
    Abstract: A battery grid is disclosed. The battery grid includes a pattern of grid wires. The pattern includes a grid wire having a first segment with a first corrosion resistance and a second segment with a second corrosion resistance which is less than the first corrosion resistance. The second segment corrodes at a rate which is faster than the corrosion rate of the first segment so as to dynamically release internal stress and control grid growth of the battery grid during its service life. A battery includes said grid and a method of forming said grid are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: M. Eric Taylor, Jianxun Hu, Glenn W. Andersen, Joseph F. Mathews, Bart William Sauer, James S. Symanski, Feng Xue, Mohamadkheir Alkhateeb
  • Patent number: 9747813
    Abstract: Techniques for performing Braille mirroring are disclosed. In one aspect, content is converted into Braille content, and then formatted for each of a plurality of Braille displays. The formatted content is then sent to each of the Braille displays. In another aspect, data identifying a primary Braille display in a plurality of Braille displays is stored. Input requesting that a data processing apparatus perform an action is received from one of the Braille displays, and it is determined whether to perform the action, based in part on whether the requesting Braille display is the primary Braille display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Schramm, Eric Taylor Seymour
  • Publication number: 20170231624
    Abstract: A needle for use with an endoscopic stitching device includes a first end portion that is movable relative to a second end portion to allow the needle to convert from a first, mis-aligned orientation to a second, aligned orientation, thereby allowing the length of the needle in the aligned orientation to exceed the height of an end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Kevin Sniffin, Mark Russo, Gregory Fischvogt, Russell Pribanic, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 9706990
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a loading unit having proximal and distal portions. The proximal portion of the loading unit is configured to be attached to an actuation apparatus. The surgical device further includes a flexible shaft interconnecting the proximal portion and the distal portion of the loading unit. Additionally, the surgical device has a tool assembly disposed in mechanical cooperation with the distal portion of the loading unit. The tool assembly is configured to articulate upon activation of the actuation apparatus. In a further embodiment, the surgical device includes a guiding member operatively connected to the tool assembly. The guiding member has a body and a bore extending through the body. The bore slidably receives a suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kenneth Blier, Peter Hathaway, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 9707046
    Abstract: A surgical system includes one or more arms defining a passageway therethrough. The arm includes a proximal portion configured for positioning externally of a patient's body and a distal portion configured for positioning within an internal body cavity. The distal portion includes first and second articulatable segments spaced apart from one another and capable of independent articulation between a substantially straight configuration and an articulated configuration. A first articulation assembly is coupled to the proximal portion of the one arm and is transitionable between a first state and a second state for articulating the first articulatable segment between the substantially straight configuration and the articulated configuration. A second articulation assembly is coupled to the proximal portion of the arm and is configured to move between a plurality of positions for articulating the second articulatable segment between the substantially straight configuration and the articulated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Eric Taylor, Gennady Kleyman
  • Patent number: 9700288
    Abstract: A surgical system is provided including a reusable handle assembly having a controller and a reusable cannula assembly configured to be operatively connected to and steerable by the reusable handle assembly. The surgical system also includes a rail mechanism configured to cooperate with a port inserted through an incision, the rail mechanism mechanically attached to a stable platform. A plurality of surgical instruments are configured to be inserted through the reusable handle assembly and configured to advance a length of the reusable cannula assembly, such that the plurality of surgical instruments are engaged with at least one trigger mechanism of the reusable handle assembly. The handle assembly, the cannula assembly, and the plurality of surgical instruments are modular components configured to be releasably coupled to each other. The reusable cannula assembly slidably engages the rail mechanism to extend through the port and into the incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kevin Sniffin, Eric Taylor, Emily Davis, Peter Hathaway
  • Patent number: 9696807
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes technology, which can be implemented as a method, apparatus, and/or computer software embodied in a computer-readable medium, and which, among other things, be used to create custom feedback patterns in response to user input, for example, in response to the user inputting a desired pattern of tactile events detected on a mobile device. For example, one or more aspects of the subject matter described in this disclosure can be embodied in one or more methods that include receiving tactile input from a user of an electronic device specifying a custom feedback pattern, in concert with receiving tactile input, providing feedback to the user corresponding to the received tactile input, and storing the specified custom feedback pattern for use by the electronic device to actuate feedback signaling a predetermined notification event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Fleizach, Eric Taylor Seymour, Joel M. Lopes Da Silva
  • Patent number: 9693760
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus providing access to an underlying body cavity through a tissue tract articulates a flexible surgical object inserted therein. The surgical apparatus includes a tube member defining a longitudinal axis and a lumen therethrough to receive the flexible surgical object. The tube member includes a proximal member, a middle member connected to the proximal member at a first joint, and a distal member connected to the middle member at a second joint. The surgical apparatus also includes articulation mechanisms to articulate the tube member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jaroslaw T. Malkowski, Eric Taylor, Peter Hathaway
  • Patent number: 9675102
    Abstract: The invention provides an smokeless tobacco composition adapted for oral use, the composition including a tobacco material and an effervescent material. The effervescent material includes an acid component and a base component, wherein the acid component includes a triprotic acid such as citric acid and at least one additional acid. The invention also provides a method for making a smokeless tobacco composition that involves first forming a granulation mixture, granulating the granulation mixture, and then blending the resulting granules with further blending components. Thereafter, the material can be formed into a predetermined shape, such as by compression or extrusion. The acid component of the effervescent material is divided into two portions, the first portion added to the granulation mixture and the remaining portion added during the blending step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Eric Taylor Hunt, Darrell Eugene Holton, Jr., Frank Kelley St. Charles
  • Patent number: 9675340
    Abstract: A needle for use with an endoscopic stitching device includes a first end portion that is movable relative to a second end portion to allow the needle to convert from a first, mis-aligned orientation to a second, aligned orientation, thereby allowing the length of the needle in the aligned orientation to exceed the height of an end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kevin Sniffin, Mark Russo, Gregory Fischvogt, Russell Pribanic, Eric Taylor