Patents by Inventor James D. Allen

James D. Allen 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: 20190175937
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the inactivation of infectious agents in, on or around a catheter residing in a patient's body cavity. The method comprises a coupling adapter for facilitating the transmission of non-ultraviolet sterilizing electromagnetic radiation (EMR) substantially axially along an optical element into the catheter body. Through delivery of the sterilizing EMR to particular areas of highest infection, the present disclosure is able to inactivate the major sources of infection in catheters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Nathaniel L.R. Rhodes, Adam E. Bracken, Martin de la Presa, Ahrash E. Poursaid, Ryan R. Coil, Mitchell D. Barneck, James P. Allen
  • Patent number: 10307612
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide therapeutic electromagnetic radiation (EMR) for inactivating infectious agents in, on or around a catheter residing in a patient's body cavity and/or for enhancing healthy cell growth. The method comprises transmitting non-ultraviolet therapeutic EMR substantially axially along an optical element in a lumen of the catheter body and/or the catheter body. Through delivery of the therapeutic EMR to particular infected areas and/or areas requiring tissue healing. The methods and apparatus of the present disclosure inactivate the major sources of infection in, on, and around catheters and/or enhance healthy cell growth around catheters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Light Line Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell D. Barneck, Nathaniel L. R. Rhodes, James P. Allen, Curtis D. Long
  • Publication number: 20190155565
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an A/V interconnection architecture is provided that includes a TX A/V endpoint that supports native audio and stereo down-mixed audio on separate networks. The TX A/V endpoint outputs native audio over a video network to an RX A/V endpoint coupled to an A/V sink component that is capable of processing or outputting the native audio, and produces a stereo down-mixed version of the native audio which is output over an audio network to an audio system coupled to an audio sink component that is incapable of handling the native audio. In another embodiment, an A/V interconnection architecture is provide that enables expandable surround sound. If the number of audio channels for a type of surround sound is less than or equal to a number of local amplified output channels, surround sound is provided using only local unpowered speakers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: James F. Allen, Gary M. Baldino, John D. Billings, Timothy R. Locascio, Robert P. Madonna
  • Patent number: 10282296
    Abstract: Embodiments of an invention a processor architecture are disclosed. In an embodiment, a processor includes a decoder, an execution unit, a coherent cache, and an interconnect. The decoder is to decode an instruction to zero a cache line. The execution unit is to issue a write command to initiate a cache line sized write of zeros. The coherent cache is to receive the write command, to determine whether there is a hit in the coherent cache and whether a cache coherency protocol state of the hit cache line is a modified state or an exclusive state, to configure a cache line to indicate all zeros, and to issue the write command toward the interconnect. The interconnect is to, responsive to receipt of the write command, issue a snoop to each of a plurality of other coherent caches for which it must be determined if there is a hit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jason W. Brandt, Robert S. Chappell, Jesus Corbal, Edward T. Grochowski, Stephen H. Gunther, Buford M. Guy, Thomas R. Huff, Elmoustapha Ould-Ahmed-Vall, Bret L. Toll, David Papworth, James D. Allen
  • Patent number: 10271897
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing that supports an elongated shaft. A selectively movable drive rod extends through the elongated shaft and carries a cam pin in a longitudinal direction. An end effector for surgically treating tissue is supported by the elongated shaft and includes upper and lower jaw members pivotally coupled to one another about a pivot axis. The upper jaw member includes a first pair of laterally spaced flanges, and the lower jaw member includes a second pair of laterally spaced flanges defining a camming slot for engaging the cam pin. The flanges are arranged in an offset configuration where one flange of the upper jaw member is positioned on a laterally exterior side of a corresponding flange of the lower jaw member, and the other flange of the upper jaw member is positioned on a laterally interior side of the other flange of the lower jaw member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: James D. Allen, IV, Edward M. Chojin, Joseph D. Bucciaglia
  • Publication number: 20190106010
    Abstract: An embodiment is a system including a first wireless charging pad coupled to a wireless charging system and an energy source, the first wireless charging pad being configured to transmit an energy by a magnetic field. The system further includes a second wireless charging pad coupled to a second system, the second wireless charging pad configured to receive at least a portion of the energy from the first wireless charging system for operating the second system. Further embodiments include a least one of an electronic compass configured to provide alignment data of the first and second wireless charging pads, and an interface configured to receive the alignment data and affect an alignment of the first and second wireless charging pads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Oleg Logvinov, Bo Zhang, James D. Allen
  • Patent number: 10206736
    Abstract: A surgical forceps includes a knife bar having a knife translatable between a retracted position, a first extended position, and a second extended position. A trigger is operably coupled with the knife bar such that movement of the trigger between an un-actuated position, a first actuated position, and a second actuated position correspondingly moves the knife. An actuator is movable between locked and unlocked positions such that: with the trigger in the un-actuated or first actuated position and the actuator in the locked position, movement of the trigger to the second actuated position is inhibited; with the trigger in the second actuated position and the actuator in the locked position, the trigger is retained in the second actuated position; and with the actuator in the unlocked position, the trigger is movable between the un-actuated or first actuated position and the second actuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: James D. Allen, IV
  • Patent number: 10181873
    Abstract: A powerline communication system includes a plurality of rail segments. Each of the rail segments is electrically isolated from other rail segments, and each receives power from a rail segment power supply. At least one cart operates on the rail segments. The cart has a powerline communications controller. Each rail segment has a current state defined by how many and which carts are operating on the rail segment. A central coordinator is coupled to each rail segment and configured to execute a channel estimation using a sounding protocol on its rail segment. The central coordinators store tone maps associated with the possible states of its rail segment, and possibly its adjacent rail segment. A main controller communicates with each central coordinator to direct the state and future state of its segment so that tone maps and network keys can be managed by the CCo in advance of an imminent state change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: James D. Allen, Oleg Logvinov
  • Publication number: 20190012266
    Abstract: Embodiments of an invention a processor architecture are disclosed. In an embodiment, a processor includes a decoder, an execution unit, a coherent cache, and an interconnect. The decoder is to decode an instruction to zero a cache line. The execution unit is to issue a write command to initiate a cache line sized write of zeros. The coherent cache is to receive the write command, to determine whether there is a hit in the coherent cache and whether a cache coherency protocol state of the hit cache line is a modified state or an exclusive state, to configure a cache line to indicate all zeros, and to issue the write command toward the interconnect. The interconnect is to, responsive to receipt of the write command, issue a snoop to each of a plurality of other coherent caches for which it must be determined if there is a hit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Jason W. Brandt, Robert S. Chappell, Jesus Corbal, Edward T. Grochowski, Stephen H. Gunther, Buford M. Guy, Thomas R. Huff, Christopher J. Hughes, Elmoustapha Ould-Ahmed-Vall, Ronak Singhal, Seyed Yahya Sotoudeh, Bret L. Toll, Lihu Rappoport, David Papworth, James D. Allen
  • Publication number: 20180338792
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing that supports an elongated shaft. A selectively movable drive rod extends through the elongated shaft and carries a cam pin in a longitudinal direction. An end effector for surgically treating tissue is supported by the elongated shaft and includes upper and lower jaw members pivotally coupled to one another about a pivot axis. The upper jaw member includes a first pair of laterally spaced flanges, and the lower jaw member includes a second pair of laterally spaced flanges defining a camming slot for engaging the cam pin. The flanges are arranged in an offset configuration where one flange of the upper jaw member is positioned on a laterally exterior side of a corresponding flange of the lower jaw member, and the other flange of the upper jaw member is positioned on a laterally interior side of the other flange of the lower jaw member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: James D. Allen, IV, Edward M. Chojin, Joseph D. Bucciaglia
  • Patent number: 10137794
    Abstract: An embodiment is a system including a first wireless charging pad coupled to a wireless charging system and an energy source, the first wireless charging pad being configured to transmit an energy by a magnetic field. The system further includes a second wireless charging pad coupled to a second system, the second wireless charging pad configured to receive at least a portion of the energy from the first wireless charging system for operating the second system. Further embodiments include a least one of an electronic compass configured to provide alignment data of the first and second wireless charging pads, and an interface configured to receive the alignment data and affect an alignment of the first and second wireless charging pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Oleg Logvinov, Bo Zhang, James D. Allen
  • Publication number: 20180325552
    Abstract: A colpotomy system includes a colpotomy cup that extends to a distal surface and defines a longitudinal axis. The colpotomy system further includes a cutter operably coupled to the colpotomy cup and configured to travel along an arcuate path defined about the distal surface of the colpotomy cup. The cutter actuatable to separate a uterus from a vagina as the cutter rotates about the longitudinal axis of the colpotomy cup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: JASON G. WEIHE, JAMES D. ALLEN, IV, ANSEL DOW, THOMAS E. DROCHNER, STUART R. HART, MICHAEL B. LYONS, SCOTT J. PRIOR, JOHN R. TWOMEY
  • Publication number: 20180325575
    Abstract: A colpotomy system includes an energy source and a uterine manipulator that is electrically coupled to the energy source. The uterine manipulator supports a colpotomy cup and extends to a conductive distal tip portion. The colpotomy cup includes a conductive surface. One or both of the conductive distal tip portion and the conductive surface of the colpotomy cup are configured to return monopolar energy to the energy source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: NIKOLAI D. BEGG, JASON G. WEIHE, JAMES D. ALLEN, IV, ANSEL DOW, THOMAS E. DROCHNER, STUART R. HART, MICHAEL B. LYONS, SCOTT J. PRIOR, JOHN R. TWOMEY
  • Patent number: 10117709
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes an elongated shaft module and a handle module selectively separable from one another. The elongated shaft module includes an elongated shaft member and a pair of jaw members supported at a distal end of the elongated shaft member, at least one of the jaw members moveable relative to the other jaw member between open and closed positions. The handle module includes a housing including an opening extending longitudinally therethrough. The opening is dimensioned to permit passage of the pair of jaw members in the closed position. The handle module also includes a movable handle movable relative to the housing to move the pair of jaw members between open and closed positions, and a lock to secure the elongated shaft module in place within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: James D. Allen, IV, Ryan C. Artale, Glenn A. Horner, Duane E. Kerr, Peter M. Mueller, Arlen J. Reschke, Robert M. Sharp, Robert B. Stoddard
  • Publication number: 20180310948
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing, a movable handle, a trigger, a drive assembly operably coupled between the movable handle and an end effector assembly such that movement of the movable handle from an initial position to a compressed position manipulates the end effector assembly, and a linkage operably coupled between the trigger and a knife such that movement of the trigger from an un-actuated position to an actuated position rotates the linkage to deploy the knife relative to the end effector assembly. A drive housing of the drive assembly inhibits rotation of the linkage when the movable handle is disposed in the initial position and the trigger is disposed in the un-actuated position. The drive housing cams along a surface of the linkage to urge the linkage to rotate when the movable handle is returned towards the initial position, thereby returning the trigger towards the un-actuated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: STEPHEN J. STAMM, JAMES D. ALLEN, IV, VICTOR K. APPEL, CRAIG V. KRASTINS, JESSICA E.C. OLSON, PURVISHKUMAR H. SONI, ROSS TICHOTA
  • Publication number: 20180262720
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a system and a method of accessing a system. An embodiment is a system including an imaging system including a controller and a first camera, the controller having a communication connection configured to transmit or receive content or control signals, and a mobile device including a second camera, the mobile device having a communication interface configured to transmit or receive content or control signals with the controller, the controller being configured to compare images from the first and second cameras to allow access to the controller from the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Oleg Logvinov, James D. Allen
  • Publication number: 20180250068
    Abstract: A forceps is provided and includes a housing having a shaft. An end effector assembly operatively connects to a distal end of the shaft and includes a pair of first and second jaw members. One or both of the first and second jaw members is movable relative to the other jaw member from a clamping position to an open position. A resilient member operably couples to at least one of the first and second jaw members. The resilient member is configured to bias the first and second jaw members in the clamping position and provide a closure force on tissue disposed therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: DAVID M. GARRISON, JAMES D. ALLEN, IV, JEFFREY R. UNGER, DUANE E. KERR, SEAN T. O'NEILL, PETER M. MUELLER, KIM V. BRANDT, JAMES S. CUNNINGHAM, KEIR HART, DANIEL A. JOSEPH, JASON T. SANDERS, ROBERT M. SHARP
  • Publication number: 20180243028
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a housing that supports an elongated shaft. A selectively movable drive rod extends through the elongated shaft and carries a cam pin in a longitudinal direction. An end effector for surgically treating tissue is supported by the elongated shaft and includes upper and lower jaw members pivotally coupled to one another about a pivot axis. The upper jaw member includes a first pair of laterally spaced flanges, and the lower jaw member includes a second pair of laterally spaced flanges defining a camming slot for engaging the cam pin. The flanges are arranged in an offset configuration where one flange of the upper jaw member is positioned on a laterally exterior side of a corresponding flange of the lower jaw member, and the other flange of the upper jaw member is positioned on a laterally interior side of the other flange of the lower jaw member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: James D. Allen, IV, Edward M. Chojin, Joseph D. Bucciaglia
  • Publication number: 20180221076
    Abstract: A forceps includes a shaft defining first opposed distal recesses, a drive bar slidably disposed within the shaft and defining second opposed distal recesses, and an end effector assembly including first and second jaw members. Each jaw member defines a proximal flange and a distal jaw body. The proximal flanges each define an aperture and a cam slot. A pivot pin extends through the apertures with ends of the pivot pin extending outwardly from the jaw members to be at least partially disposed within the first recesses and fixedly engaged therewith. A drive pin extends through the cam slots with ends of the drive pin extending outwardly from the jaw members to be at least partially disposed within the second recesses and fixedly engaged therewith such that translation of the drive bar relative to the end effector assembly pivots the jaw members between spaced-apart and approximated positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventor: JAMES D. ALLEN, IV
  • Patent number: D844139
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: David N. Heard, Dylan R. Kingsley, Judd C. Nutting, Daniel A. Joseph, James D. Allen, IV