Patents by Inventor George V. Anastas

George V. Anastas 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: 10985358
    Abstract: Battery systems according to embodiments of the present technology may include a battery cell having an electrode tab extending from an edge of a first side of the battery cell. The battery system may also include a module electrically coupled with the battery cell. The module may include a mold defining a recess along a first side of the module. The module may also include a conductive tab extending from the first side of the module. The conductive tab may be coupled with the electrode tab. The electrode tab may be characterized by a curvature along a length of the electrode tab, and a distal end of the electrode tab may be positioned within the recess defined by the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Depeng Wang, Thai T. Ton, Nathan J. Bohney, George V. Anastas
  • Patent number: 10930915
    Abstract: A battery assembly includes a battery cell with leads extending from the battery and a circuit including a substrate and contacts that extend from the substrate. The leads are coupled to the contacts by mechanical or adhesive bonds located on sections of the contacts extending from the substrate. In various implementations, the circuit may include a variety of different components coupled to the substrate. Such components may be operable to perform a variety of functions such as regulating, monitoring, controlling, and/or otherwise managing the battery cell. Such components may include one or more battery management units, safety circuits, capacity gauges, and/or other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Charles W. Werley, Richard M. Mank, Xiaoyun Hu, Thai T. Ton, George V. Anastas, Vijayasekaran Boovaragavan
  • Publication number: 20200220200
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve various battery can designs. In general, the battery can design includes two fitted surfaces oriented opposite each other and seam welded together to form an enclosure in which a battery stack is located. To form the enclosure, the two fitted surfaces are welded together along the large perimeter. Other swelling-resisting advantages may also be achieved utilizing the battery can design described herein including, but not limited to, the ability to modify one or more can wall thicknesses to control a pressure applied to the battery stack by the can, overall reduction in wall thickness of the can through the use of stronger materials for the can surfaces, additional supports structures included within the can design, and/or bossing or other localized thinning of surfaces of the can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher R. Pasma, Siddharth Mohapatra, George V. Anastas, Bookeun Oh, YooEup Hyung, Brian K. Shiu, Haran Balaram, Junhua Liu
  • Patent number: 10629943
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve various battery can designs. In general, the battery can design includes two fitted surfaces oriented opposite each other and seam welded together to form an enclosure in which a battery stack is located. To form the enclosure, the two fitted surfaces are welded together along the large perimeter. Other swelling-resisting advantages may also be achieved utilizing the battery can design described herein including, but not limited to, the ability to modify one or more can wall thicknesses to control a pressure applied to the battery stack by the can, overall reduction in wall thickness of the can through the use of stronger materials for the can surfaces, additional supports structures included within the can design, and/or bossing or other localized thinning of surfaces of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher R. Pasma, Siddharth Mohapatra, George V. Anastas, Bookeun Oh, YooEup Hyung, Brian K. Shiu, Haran Balaram, Junhua Liu
  • Patent number: 10439187
    Abstract: A battery system comprises a plurality of substantially planar layers extending over transverse areas. The plurality of layers comprises at least one cathode layer, at least one anode layer, and at least one separator layer therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: George V. Anastas, Gregory A. Springer, Jack B. Rector, III, Joshua R. Funamura, Kenneth M. Silz
  • Publication number: 20190260007
    Abstract: Battery systems according to embodiments of the present technology may include a battery cell having an electrode tab extending from an edge of a first side of the battery cell. The battery system may also include a module electrically coupled with the battery cell. The module may include a mold defining a recess along a first side of the module. The module may also include a conductive tab extending from the first side of the module. The conductive tab may be coupled with the electrode tab. The electrode tab may be characterized by a curvature along a length of the electrode tab, and a distal end of the electrode tab may be positioned within the recess defined by the mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Depeng Wang, Thai T. Ton, Nathan J. Bohney, George V. Anastas
  • Patent number: 10211433
    Abstract: In a first embodiment, a pre-formed pouch is provided that includes a plurality of walls joined in order to define an aperture. An assembly may be inserted into the aperture, which may then be sealed. Further, the pre-formed pouch may be fitted to the shape or dimensions of the assembly that will be inserted. In a second embodiment, an assembly may be covered in a plurality of layers of material, such as first layer of plastic, a layer of metal, and then a second layer of plastic. Each of the coverings may be formed by dipping the assembly in plastic or metal (or other material), molding layers around the assembly, coating the assembly in the layers, vapor depositing plastic or metal (or other material) onto the assembly, and/or a combination of these operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: George V. Anastas, Gregory A. Springer, Jack B. Rector, III, Joshua R. Funamura, Kenneth M. Silz
  • Patent number: 10033029
    Abstract: A battery core includes an anode electrode collector and a cathode current collector. The battery core is created by defining an anode solution cavity on an anode electrode collector; defining a cathode solution cavity on a cathode electrode collector; depositing an anode solution into the anode solution cavity; depositing a cathode solution into the cathode solution cavity; curing the anode solution within the anode solution cavity; and curing the cathode solution within the cathode solution cavity. The anode electrode collector and the cathode current collector may be combined in a sandwich configuration and may be separated by one or more separators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: George V. Anastas, Gregory A. Springer, Jack B. Rector, III, Joshua R. Funamura, Kenneth M. Silz
  • Patent number: 10004492
    Abstract: Described herein are suture passers that may be used for repair of the meniscus of the knee. These suture passers typically include an elongate body having a pair of arms. One or more of the arms may be radiused at the distal end region relative to the long axis of the device, to better fit between a target tissue and a body non-target tissue (e.g., the curvature of the femoral condyle). The arms may form a distal-facing opening that is configured to fit the target tissue. One arm may be movable in the axial direction (e.g., the direction of the long axis of the device), while the other arm may be bendable. A tissue penetrator may be housed within one of the arms to extend across the distal opening between the arms. Thus, a suture may be passed from a first side of the tissue to a second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Ceterix Orthopaedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Hendricksen, Michael Murillo, Christopher P. Bender, Mark Y. Hirotsuka, Justin D. Saliman, John G. McCutcheon, Alexander Jasso, George V. Anastas, Thomas D. Mina
  • Publication number: 20180013231
    Abstract: Magnetic connectors that may be readily manufactured and provide a high landed force and labels for magnetic connectors that may protect magnets or magnetic elements in the connectors, provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance, and improve the magnetic performance of the connectors. In various examples, power and signal paths may be formed using contacts that are separate from magnets or magnetic elements, paths may be formed using magnets or magnetic elements, or paths may be formed using a combination of contacts and magnets and magnetic elements. The magnets may have various arrangements. One or more magnets may be used in conjunction with magnetic elements. The interface surface of these magnets and magnetic elements may have various contours, such as flat, spline, or involute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John C. DiFonzo, George V. Anastas, David H. Narajowski, Bradley J. Hamel, Brett William Degner, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg
  • Publication number: 20170309882
    Abstract: A battery system comprises a plurality of substantially planar layers extending over transverse areas. The plurality of layers comprises at least one cathode layer, at least one anode layer, and at least one separator layer therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: George V. Anastas, Gregory A. Springer, Jack B. Rector, III, Joshua R. Funamura, Kenneth M. Silz
  • Patent number: 9780484
    Abstract: Magnetic connectors that may be readily manufactured and provide a high landed force and labels for magnetic connectors that may protect magnets or magnetic elements in the connectors, provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance, and improve the magnetic performance of the connectors. In various examples, power and signal paths may be formed using contacts that are separate from magnets or magnetic elements, paths may be formed using magnets or magnetic elements, or paths may be formed using a combination of contacts and magnets and magnetic elements. The magnets may have various arrangements. One or more magnets may be used in conjunction with magnetic elements. The interface surface of these magnets and magnetic elements may have various contours, such as flat, spline, or involute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John C. DiFonzo, George V. Anastas, David Narajowski, Bradley J. Hamel, Brett William Degner, Chris Ligtenberg
  • Patent number: 9711770
    Abstract: A battery system comprises a plurality of substantially planar layers extending over transverse areas. The plurality of layers comprises at least one cathode layer, at least one anode layer, and at least one separator layer therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: George V. Anastas, Gregory A. Springer, Jack B. Rector, III, Joshua R. Funamura, Kenneth M. Silz
  • Publication number: 20170133792
    Abstract: Connector systems that may facilitate the insertion of connector inserts into connector receptacles, may eliminate the need for dedicated contacts to detect a connection, and may provide connector inserts that are rotatable even when the functions of the contacts on the connector inserts are not symmetrical.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Charles W. Werley, George V. Anastas, Jeffrey J. Terlizzi, Robert D. Zupke, Scott Krueger, Todd K. Moyer, Zachary C. Rich, Jahan C. Minoo
  • Patent number: 9634351
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to the design and manufacture of a battery cell. The battery cell includes a jelly roll containing layers which are wound together, including a cathode with an active coating, a separator, and an anode with an active coating. The battery cell also includes a mechanical structure disposed around a perimeter of the jelly roll to maintain a structural integrity of the jelly roll. Finally, the battery cell includes a pouch enclosing the mechanical structure and the jelly roll, wherein the pouch is flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Pasma, George V. Anastas, Richard M. Mank
  • Patent number: 9537238
    Abstract: Sockets that provide easy access for users to change cards while allowing the use of thinner device enclosures. One example provides a socket having two positions. When the socket is in an open state, the card may be oriented in a direction substantially away from the main logic board. When the socket is in a closed state, the card moves such that it is oriented at least closer to being in parallel to the main logic board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul J. Hack, Joshua Funamura, George V. Anastas, Zheng Gao, Gregory Springer, Erik James Shahoian
  • Publication number: 20160293995
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve various battery can designs. In general, the battery can design includes two fitted surfaces oriented opposite each other and seam welded together to form an enclosure in which a battery stack is located. To form the enclosure, the two fitted surfaces are welded together along the large perimeter. Other swelling-resisting advantages may also be achieved utilizing the battery can design described herein including, but not limited to, the ability to modify one or more can wall thicknesses to control a pressure applied to the battery stack by the can, overall reduction in wall thickness of the can through the use of stronger materials for the can surfaces, additional supports structures included within the can design, and/or bossing or other localized thinning of surfaces of the can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher R. Pasma, Siddharth Mohapatra, George V. Anastas, Bookeun Oh, YooEup Hyung, Brian K. Shiu, Haran Balaram, Junhua Liu
  • Publication number: 20160192926
    Abstract: Described herein are suture passers that may be used for repair of the meniscus of the knee. These suture passers typically include an elongate body having a pair of arms. One or more of the arms may be radiused at the distal end region relative to the long axis of the device, to better fit between a target tissue and a body non-target tissue (e.g., the curvature of the femoral condyle). The arms may form a distal-facing opening that is configured to fit the target tissue. One arm may be movable in the axial direction (e.g., the direction of the long axis of the device), while the other arm may be bendable. A tissue penetrator may be housed within one of the arms to extend across the distal opening between the arms. Thus, a suture may be passed from a first side of the tissue to a second side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Michael J. HENDRICKSEN, Michael MURILLO, Christopher P. BENDER, Mark Y. HIROTSUKA, Justin D. SALIMAN, John G. MCCUTCHEON, Alexander JASSO, George V. ANASTAS, Thomas D. MINA
  • Publication number: 20160064719
    Abstract: A battery assembly includes a battery cell with leads extending from the battery and a circuit including a substrate and contacts that extend from the substrate. The leads are coupled to the contacts by mechanical or adhesive bonds located on sections of the contacts extending from the substrate. In various implementations, the circuit may include a variety of different components coupled to the substrate. Such components may be operable to perform a variety of functions such as regulating, monitoring, controlling, and/or otherwise managing the battery cell. Such components may include one or more battery management units, safety circuits, capacity gauges, and/or other components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Charles W. Werley, Richard M. Mank, Xiaoyun Hu, Thai T. Ton, George V. Anastas, Vijayasekaran Boovaragavan
  • Publication number: 20160013455
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to the design of a stacked-cell battery comprising a stack of layers, including alternating anode and cathode layers coated with active material with intervening separator layers. The stack includes a plurality of notches formed along one or more sides of the stack, including a first notch and a second notch, wherein each cathode layer includes an uncoated cathode tab extending into the first notch, and wherein each anode layer includes an uncoated anode tab extending into the second notch. Moreover, a common cathode tab is bonded to the cathode tabs within the first notch, and a common anode tab is bonded to the anode tabs within the second notch. The stacked-cell battery also includes a pouch enclosing the stack, wherein the common anode and cathode tabs extend through the pouch to provide cathode and anode terminals for the battery cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Brian K. Shiu, Charles W. Werley, George V. Anastas, Richard M. Mank