Patents by Inventor Jeffrey W. Smith

Jeffrey W. 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).

  • Patent number: 10470792
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp assembly. The shaft assembly includes an acoustic waveguide operable to transmit ultrasonic vibrations to the blade. The clamp assembly includes a clamp arm pivotable toward and away from the blade about a pivot axis, to clamp tissue between the clamp arm and the blade. A rotation feature may provide rotation of the blade relative to the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis of the waveguide. Alternatively, the rotation feature may provide rotation of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the longitudinal axis. The rotation feature may be driven based on pivotal positioning of the clamp arm relative to the blade about the pivot axis. The rotation feature may selectively lock and unlock the angular position of either the blade or the clamp arm about the longitudinal axis at any of a number of predetermined angular positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Craig N. Faller, Elizabeth DeBenedictis, William D. Kelly, Michael R. Lamping, Timothy G. Dietz, Patrick A. Weizman, Jacob S. Gee, John B. Schulte, Tylor C. Muhlenkamp, Douglas J. Turner, Eric B. Smith, Sean P. Conlon, Richard W. Timm, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Brian D. Bertke
  • Patent number: 10463432
    Abstract: Embodiments of a medical device and related methods of use are provided for extracting tissue. The device may include an elongate member having a proximal end and a distal end. Two or more channels may extend through the elongate member from the proximal end to the distal end, and a morcellating device may be included in one of the channels. In addition, one of the channels may be configured as a return channel for extracting the morcellated tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Zerfas, Troy Gardner, Christopher W. Green, Jeffrey C. Smith, Christopher L. Oskin, Kenneth J. Daignault
  • Publication number: 20190324166
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring operation integrity during hydrocarbon production or fluid injection operations by receiving microseismic data; processing the data to obtain data panels corresponding to microseismic data measured over a time interval; determining, with a neural network analysis, whether any of the data panels includes a noise event or a non-noise event; calculating, for each data panel including a non-noise event, trigger values for data traces corresponding to sensor receivers of the microseismic monitoring system; selecting, as a triggered data panel, at least one data panel that satisfies triggering criteria; selecting, as a non-trivial data panel, at least one triggered data panel that satisfies spectral density criteria; calculating a value for each of at least two event attributes of the event; determining an event score based on the event attribute values; and classifying the event into at least one event category based on the event score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Sri Venkata Tapovan LOLLA, Jeffrey R. Bailey, Simona O. Costin, Michael S. Hons, Helen Yam, Arslan Akhmetov, Tim W. Hayward, Richard J. Smith, Colum M. Keith, Marc-Andre P. Chen, Xinlong Liu
  • Patent number: 10437262
    Abstract: A system that has electrically or electro-pneumatically actuated aerodynamic structures. An electric or electro-pneumatic actuator is employed, which receives signals from an existing anti-lock braking system (ABS) controller to determine when actuation occurs. Other systems are also provided that feature electric or electro-pneumatic actuation, including underbody skirts and scoops, as well as inflatable tractor-trailer gap sealing devices, adjustable tractor-trailer gap sealing flaps and inflatable trailer upper streamlining devices. Electronic control units (ECUs) for aerodynamic system control interfacing with alternate sensors for calculating speed are also provided. Satellite navigation, platooning awareness and managed pressure reserve capability can be employed with the aerodynamics ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: STEMCO PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew F. Smith, Riccardo M. Pagliarella, Court S. Hinricher, Jeffrey J. Grossmann, Jared A. Niemiec, Michael W. Polidori
  • Publication number: 20190302291
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring operation integrity during hydrocarbon production or fluid injection operations by receiving microseismic data; processing the microseismic data to obtain a plurality of data panels corresponding to microseismic data measured over a predetermined time interval; calculating, for each data panel, trigger values for data traces corresponding to sensor receivers of the microseismic monitoring system; selecting, as a triggered data panel, at least one data panel that satisfies predetermined triggering criteria; selecting, as a non-trivial data panel, at least one triggered data panel that satisfies spectral density criteria; calculating a value for each of at least two event attributes of a plurality of event attributes of the event; determining an event score based on the values of the plurality of event attributes; and classifying the event into at least one event category of a plurality of event categories based on the event score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Sri Venkata Tapovan Lolla, Jeffrey R. Bailey, Simona O. Costin, Michael S. Hons, Helen Yam, Arslan Akhmetov, Tim W. Hayward, Richard j. Smith, Colum M. Keith, Marc-Andre P. Chen
  • Publication number: 20190290938
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus comprises a body, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The end effector comprises a clamp arm and an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with an ultrasonic transducer via an acoustic waveguide that extends through the shaft assembly. The clamp arm is configured to pivot about a first pivot point toward and away from the ultrasonic blade along a first angular path from a first position to a second position to thereby provide a tissue sealing mode of operation. The clamp arm is further configured to pivot about a second pivot point toward and away from the ultrasonic blade along second angular path from the second position to a third position to thereby provide a tissue cutting and sealing mode of operation. The second pivot point is proximal to the first pivot point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Richard W. Timm, Paul F. Riestenberg, Craig N. Faller, Richard C. Smith, David A. Witt, Benjamin D. Dickerson
  • Publication number: 20190270495
    Abstract: A watercraft includes a hull having inner and outer surfaces and at least one collapsible strake coupled to the hull. The collapsible strake includes a movable skin hingedly coupled to the hull. The collapsible strake also includes a dampening element and a negative stiffness element each extending from an inner surface of the movable skin to the outer surface of the hull. The movable skin is configured to rotate between an uncollapsed configuration having a first stiffness and a collapsed configuration having a second stiffness greater than the first stiffness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher P. Henry, Sloan P. Smith, David W. Shahan, Joseph Creecy, Jeffrey Bowles, Christopher Swanhart, Robert Walling
  • Publication number: 20190239915
    Abstract: An ultrasonic instrument includes a body, an actuation assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The actuation assembly includes an activation member that is operable to move in a first direction to select a mode of operation. The shaft assembly extends distally from the body and includes an acoustic waveguide. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade that is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The activation member is operable to move in a second direction to activate the end effector in a mode of operation selected by movement of the activation member in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Kevin L. Houser, David A. Monroe, David J. Cagle, Geoffrey S. Strobl, Timothy P. Lessek, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Ryan M. Asher, Mary E. Mootoo, Eric B. Smith, Gregory W. Johnson, David M. Locke
  • Publication number: 20190217989
    Abstract: A pallet that is configured and designed to support a load of material and rest alternatively on a flat surface on a roof so as to straddle the peak or ridge of a roof. The pallets can be loaded with materials such as roofing shingles, delivered to a work site on a truck bed and lifted up and positioned on the peak or ridge of a roof without having to unload the materials from the pallets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel W. SMITH, Jeffrey NEAGLI
  • Publication number: 20190218799
    Abstract: A pallet that is configured and designed to support a load of material and rest alternatively on a flat surface on a roof so as to straddle the peak of ridge of a roof. The pallets can be loaded with materials such as roofing shingles, delivered to a work site on a truck bed and lifted up an positioned on the peak or ridge of a roof without having to unload the materials from the pallets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel W. SMITH, Jeffrey NEAGLI
  • Patent number: 10327796
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus comprises a body, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The end effector comprises a clamp arm and an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with an ultrasonic transducer via an acoustic waveguide that extends through the shaft assembly. The clamp arm is configured to pivot about a first pivot point toward and away from the ultrasonic blade along a first angular path from a first position to a second position to thereby provide a tissue sealing mode of operation. The clamp arm is further configured to pivot about a second pivot point toward and away from the ultrasonic blade along second angular path from the second position to a third position to thereby provide a tissue cutting and sealing mode of operation. The second pivot point is proximal to the first pivot point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Jeffrey D. Messerly, Richard W. Timm, Paul F. Riestenberg, Craig N. Faller, Richard C. Smith, David A. Witt, Benjamin D. Dickerson
  • Publication number: 20180288829
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to content delivery systems such as gateways for use in locations where the services of many end user devices are provided by a common management entity, such as hospitality, dormitory, healthcare, or other enterprise settings. The disclosure includes a gateway system that is configurable to ingest content from a variety of signals (satellite, broadcast, cable, and IP), process the content to have additional desired features, and reassemble content in various forms for delivery to individual end user devices. The gateway can be constructed from a series of modular processing blades with specific processing functions all interconnected by a common backplane and managed by a control module. A gateway can be inserted downstream from a node to allow additional end units to be added without exceeding the node capacity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Palle, Nezam T. Nikoo, James D. Haberly, Joshua T. Blanton, Donald Christie Young, Jeffrey W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20180066433
    Abstract: Hip and ridge shingles may be single layer or laminated. One hip and ridge shingle has a base layer and a dimensional layer affixed to the base layer by an adhesive line that extends in the machine direction and along the width of the base and the dimensional layers. The adhesive line is disposed on only one lateral side of the base layer and dimensional layers to allow movement of another lateral side of the dimensional layer relative to the base layer. Another laminated hip and ridge shingle includes a base layer and a dimensional layer affixed to the base layer by an adhesive line that extends in the machine direction and along the width of the base and the dimensional layers. Sealant that comprises at least two parallel lines of sealant material that extend in the machine direction of the base and dimensional layers is disposed on a bottom surface of the base layer for adhering the hip and ridge shingle to an underlying hip and ridge shingle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Grubka, Jennifer Lynn Frey, Jeffrey W. Smith
  • Patent number: 9758970
    Abstract: Hip and ridge shingles may be single layer or laminated. One hip and ridge shingle has a base layer and a dimensional layer affixed to the base layer by an adhesive line that extends in the machine direction and along the width of the base and the dimensional layers. The adhesive line is disposed on only one lateral side of the base layer and dimensional layers to allow movement of another lateral side of the dimensional layer relative to the base layer. Another laminated hip and ridge shingle includes a base layer and a dimensional layer affixed to the base layer by an adhesive line that extends in the machine direction and along the width of the base and the dimensional layers. Sealant that comprises at least two parallel lines of sealant material that extend in the machine direction of the base and dimensional layers is disposed on a bottom surface of the base layer for adhering the hip and ridge shingle to an underlying hip and ridge shingle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Grubka, Jennifer Lynn Frey, Jeffrey W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150240496
    Abstract: Hip and ridge shingles may be single layer or laminated. One hip and ridge shingle has a base layer and a dimensional layer affixed to the base layer by an adhesive line that extends in the machine direction and along the width of the base and the dimensional layers. The adhesive line is disposed on only one lateral side of the base layer and dimensional layers to allow movement of another lateral side of the dimensional layer relative to the base layer. Another laminated hip and ridge shingle includes a base layer and a dimensional layer affixed to the base layer by an adhesive line that extends in the machine direction and along the width of the base and the dimensional layers. Sealant that comprises at least two parallel lines of sealant material that extend in the machine direction of the base and dimensional layers is disposed on a bottom surface of the base layer for adhering the hip and ridge shingle to an underlying hip and ridge shingle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Grubka, Jennifer Lynn Frey, Jeffrey W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140251441
    Abstract: A flow isolation system for connecting a source of pressurized fluid to plumbing for using the fluid. A generally vertical flow chamber extends from a lower end to an upper end, with an inlet for a pressurized fluid is disposed in a sidewall of the vertical chamber in a position near but paced above the lower end, and an outlet disposed in a sidewall of the vertical chamber in a position near but below the upper end. An evacuation tube extends from an open end near the lower portion of the vertical chamber to an evacuation valve disposed in the upper end. A gas inlet may be disposed in the upper end. When both the exit and inlet are closed, the system may be evacuated by connecting pressurized gas to the gas inlet to force fluid up the evacuation tube and out the evacuation valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Smith, John DeMarco, Steven Arthur Ward
  • Patent number: 8712475
    Abstract: A base transceiver station including a transceiver unit is provided. A method of calibration uses a transceiver unit to receive an RF signal, measure a calibration value, and transmit the measured value. The calibration value is used to determine weighting parameters to compensate for relative RF path phase delay and amplitude variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Treble Investments Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: John R. Noll, Jeffrey W. Smith, Shannon Tomarchio, Brady Gaughan
  • Patent number: 8563248
    Abstract: We have identified a new variant of ileal bile acid binding protein (IBABP), designated IBABP-L, which is a biomarker for colorectal cancer. The transcript for IBABP-L arises from an alternative start site and includes three exons that are absent in IBABP. IBABP-L also shares part of a fourth exon with IBABP. The protein encoded by IBABP-L contains a deduced 49 residue N-terminal sequence that is not found in the IBABP protein. The present invention provides methods for diagnosing colorectal cancer and other compositions and methods based on this discovery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Smith, Changming Fang
  • Publication number: 20130171208
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are compositions of nanoparticles. In some embodiments, the nanoparticles are Janus particles, where each particle includes a first component and second component that are exposed to the surface of the particle. Also, disclosed are methods and systems for making a composition of nanoparticles. Finally, a method of treating a mammal by administering a composition of nanoparticles is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Smith
  • Patent number: RE44173
    Abstract: A spectrally efficient wireless communication system that includes a plurality of base stations communicating indirectly with a plurality of wireless communications devices through a plurality of repeaters. The method can generally comprise communicating indirectly between a first base station and a wireless communication device using a first repeater and a first RF backhaul link. A control processor associated with the first base station can control a first smart antenna system. The system selectively configures the first smart antenna system to spatially isolate communications on the first RF backhaul from communications on a second RF backhaul of a second repeater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Treble Investments Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: John R. Noll, Christopher J. Peters, Jeffrey W. Smith, Terry L. Williams