Patents by Inventor Frank Freeman

Frank Freeman 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: 10616726
    Abstract: A system that determines that devices are co-located in an acoustic region and selects a single device to which to send incoming notifications for the acoustic region. The system may group devices into separate acoustic regions based on selection data that selects between similar audio data received from multiple devices. The system may select the best device for each acoustic region based on a frequency that the device was selected previously, input/output capabilities of the device, a proximity to a user, or the like. The system may send a notification to a single device in each of the acoustic regions so that a user receives a single notification instead of multiple unsynchronized notifications. The system may also determine that acoustic regions are associated with different locations and select acoustic regions to which to send a notification based on location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Marvin Freeman, II, Christo Frank Devaraj, Vikram Kumar Gundeti, Benjamin Jones
  • Publication number: 20200092687
    Abstract: A system that determines that devices are co-located in an acoustic region and selects a single device to which to send incoming notifications for the acoustic region. The system may group devices into separate acoustic regions based on selection data that selects between similar audio data received from multiple devices. The system may select the best device for each acoustic region based on a frequency that the device was selected previously, input/output capabilities of the device, a proximity to a user, or the like. The system may send a notification to a single device in each of the acoustic regions so that a user receives a single notification instead of multiple unsynchronized notifications. The system may also determine that acoustic regions are associated with different locations and select acoustic regions to which to send a notification based on location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Christo Frank Devaraj, Vikram Kumar Gundeti, James Marvin Freeman, II, Benjamin Jones
  • Patent number: 10425780
    Abstract: A system that determines that devices are co-located in an acoustic region and selects a single device to which to send incoming notifications for the acoustic region. The system may group devices into separate acoustic regions based on selection data that selects between similar audio data received from multiple devices. The system may select the best device for each acoustic region based on a frequency that the device was selected previously, input/output capabilities of the device, a proximity to a user, or the like. The system may send a notification to a single device in each of the acoustic regions so that a user receives a single notification instead of multiple unsynchronized notifications. The system may also determine that acoustic regions are associated with different locations and select acoustic regions to which to send a notification based on location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christo Frank Devaraj, Vikram Kumar Gundeti, James Marvin Freeman, II, Benjamin Jones
  • Patent number: 10425781
    Abstract: A system that determines that devices are co-located in an acoustic region and selects a single device to which to send incoming notifications for the acoustic region. The system may group devices into separate acoustic regions based on selection data that selects between similar audio data received from multiple devices. The system may select the best device for each acoustic region based on a frequency that the device was selected previously, input/output capabilities of the device, a proximity to a user, or the like. The system may send a notification to a single device in each of the acoustic regions so that a user receives a single notification instead of multiple unsynchronized notifications. The system may also determine that acoustic regions are associated with different locations and select acoustic regions to which to send a notification based on location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christo Frank Devaraj, Vikram Kumar Gundeti, James Marvin Freeman, II, Benjamin Jones
  • Patent number: 6888042
    Abstract: A thin film device for medical applications such as a wound dressing including an occlusive layer having an edge portion about at least a portion of the thin film device and a non-continuous, hydrocolloid-containing polymeric support layer overlying the edge portion of the occlusive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    Inventor: Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 6400246
    Abstract: An electrical switch, such as an automotive power window up/down switch, has an electrically conductive dual armature that is normally magnetically held in coupled engagement with a sheet magnet. The dual armature, a rectangular piece of metal, has first and second free ends. If a user applied force acts on the first free end of the dual armature, then the first free end breaks away from the sheet magnet and travels into first electrical contacts that are normally spaced from the dual armature, and the second free end functions as a fulcrum for the dual armature. Conversely, if a user applied force acts on the second free end, then the second free end breaks away from the sheet magnet and travels into second electrical contacts that are normally spaced from the dual armature, and the first free end functions as a fulcrum for the dual armature. Preferably, there is a physical barrier that prevents simultaneous actuation of the two switching functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Duraswitch Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Allen Hill, Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 6387082
    Abstract: An ostomy appliance or wound drainage device having a receptacle side component including a receptacle for receiving and storing waste solids and fluids and a bodyside component for adhering to the patient's skin around the stoma in which the two components are releasably sealed together through a pealable, washable based coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: E. R. Squibb & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 6103951
    Abstract: A wound dressing that efficiently absorbs fluid from fluid exuding wounds and can easily be released from the wound without disrupting the wound surface and a process for its manufacture is provided. The dressing comprises a layer of film bonded to a fibrous absorbent web containing a mixture of a particulate superabsorbent and a hydrocolloid. The fibrous absorbent web has a glazed exposed surface wherein the fibers comprising the glazed exposed surface are substantially fused to each other. The glazed exposed surface has a multiplicity of particles comprising a mixture of an adhesive and a hydrocolloid distributed throughout and adherent to the surface. Preferably about 25% to about 50% of the surface is left uncovered by particles comprising the adhesive and the hydrocolloid to enable more efficient transfer of wound exudate into the fibrous absorbent web while the hydrocolloid contained in the particles of adhesive facilitates release of the dressing from the wound without disrupting the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 6066773
    Abstract: A thin film device for medical applications such as a wound dressing including an occlusive layer having an edge portion about at least a portion of the thin film device and a non-continuous, hydrocolloid-containing polymeric support layer overlying the edge portion of the occlusive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: E. R. Squibb & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 6060079
    Abstract: A device is provided for the topical localized administration of zinc to tissue. The device comprises a central layer of absorbent material, with the central layer containing a mixture of particulate superabsorbent and zinc chloride that is sandwiched between a first and second layer of perforated polymeric film that is sealed at the edges. The device is activated by exposure to aqueous media prior to application to tissue. The quantity of zinc chloride contained in the device is varied according to the intended use. High levels of zinc chloride are used to form more concentrated solutions or gels for fixation of necrotic, gangrenous or cancerous tissue to facilitate excision or amputation while lower levels are used for more dilute solutions or gels to promote formation of granulation tissue and healing of lesions in non-necrotic tissue. The device is wrapped on the site to be treated or attached by adhesive means and is kept in place for a period appropriate to the intended use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventors: Frank Freeman, Peter Sheehan
  • Patent number: 5968024
    Abstract: An ostomy appliance or wound drainage device having a lower end with an adhesive composition thereon so that when the lower end is folded upon itself, the drainage opening is closed off, or, alternatively, the lower end is made of a material having intrinsic adhesive properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: E. R. Squibb & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 5968001
    Abstract: A wound dressing having a lower skin-contacting layer, an upper occlusive layer and an absorbent layer therebetween, at least one seal is provided which defines an absorbent region for preventing the migration of body fluids from the absorbent region and to provide a moist wound environment including the optional inclusion of a wound healing substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    Inventor: Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 5951533
    Abstract: An ostomy appliance or wound drainage device having a receptacle side component including a receptacle for receiving and storing waste solids and fluids and a bodyside component for adhering to the patient's skin around the stoma in which the two components are releasably sealed together through a pealable, washable based coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: E.R. Squibb & Sons, Inc
    Inventor: Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 5830496
    Abstract: A method of treating a wound comprising minimizing pressure on newly formed tissue around the perimeter of the wound by applying within the borders of the wound, a multi-layer laminate having a non-stretchable wound contact layer, a core layer comprising an absorbent material and a stretchable outer surface layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: E.R. Squibb & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 5681579
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention a novel wound dressing providing superior absorption and preventing leakage is disclosed. The present dressing comprises a hydrocolloid-containing polymeric support layer either continuous or non-continuous and an occlusive backing layer overlying the support. In a preferred embodiment the present dressing further includes an adhesive on a skin-contacting surface of the support and an absorbent region interposed between the support and the backing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: E.R. Squibb & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 5167650
    Abstract: An annular mounting member is bonded to the pouch wall to define a vent opening. The mounting member is made of material which is compatible with the pouch film and has a smooth exterior surface adapted to facilitate removable mounting of an adhesive coated element in alignment with the opening. The element may be a deodorizing filter assembly including a filter disk surrounded by an annular border member coated with pressure sensitive adhesive or a gas impermeable cover member designed to close the vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: E. R. Squibb
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Johnsen, Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 5085652
    Abstract: An annular mounting member is bonded to the pouch wall to define a vent opening. The mounting member is made of material which is compatable with the pouch film and has a smooth exterior surface adapted to facilitate removable mounting of an adhesive coated element in alignment with the opening. The element may be a deodorizing filter assembly including a filter disk surrounded by an annular border member coated with pressure sensitive adhesive or a gas impermeable cover member designed to close the vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Assignee: E. R. Squibb & Sons
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Johnsen, Frank Freeman
  • Patent number: 4793337
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention an improved adhesive structure for adhesion of an article to a fluid-emitting wound and the surrounding normal skin is disclosed. The adhesive structure comprises a first contact region comprised of a fluid-interactive adhesive material which provides adhesion to the wound and surrounding normal skin; a second contact region comprised of the same or a different adhesive material, which provides adhesion betweeen the first region, or another region integral with the first region, and the article; and, an absorbent region comprised of an absorbent fibrous, fabric or foam material intermediate the first and second regions whereby enhanced cohesion between the first and second regions and between the second region and the article, under conditions of heavy fluid emission, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: E. R. Squibb & Sons, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Freeman, Michael J. Amery, Clyde L. Sharik
  • Patent number: 4148618
    Abstract: An ashtray having a top upon which lit cigarettes or the like may be rested and having a plurality of holes therethrough through which smoke from the cigarette may be drawn downwardly through odor-treating material. The holes in the top are such as to permit the smoke-entraining downward flow of air therethrough while yet substantially preventing the passage of cigarette ashes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1979
    Assignee: Smoketray, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Christenson, Frank A. Freeman, Joseph T. Foley
  • Patent number: D604574
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: Frank Freeman